DOJ: Armed drug dealer sentenced to 12 years after vehicle pursuit in Richmond

DOJ: Armed drug dealer sentenced to 12 years after vehicle pursuit in Richmond
(Source: Gray News)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Department of Justice says an armed drug dealer was sentenced to over 12 years in prison after a vehicle pursuit occurred in the city.

According to court documents, October 2019, Shamel McLaughlin, 35, of Richmond, engaged Richmond Police Department (RPD) officers in a high-speed vehicular pursuit in a residential neighborhood in the City of Richmond.

Upon stopping his vehicle, RPD officers apprehended McLaughlin after a brief foot pursuit.

A search of McLaughlin revealed a baggie with 3.45 grams of cocaine hydrochloride and 15 grams of marijuana, the DOJ says.

After the arrest, RPD officers say they discovered the following items in McLaughlin’s vehicle:

  • Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver
  • 17 rounds of .38 caliber ammunition
  • 2.49 grams of cocaine base
  • Small amounts of heroin and fentanyl

The Court sentenced McLaughlin as a career offender based on his two prior drug distribution convictions.

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