Leader of Portsmouth drug trafficking organization sentenced to decades behind bars

Posted at 4:32 PM, Oct 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-21 16:32:16-04

Portsmouth, Va. – Antwan Black, 31, will spend the next 35 years of his life behind bars after court documents say he led a drug trafficking organization in Portsmouth.

Black, also known as “Twizzy”, was also given 8 years of supervised release for distributing heroin and crack cocaine. He was given 30 years on the drug charges and another five for possessing a firearm.

Black was indicted by a federal grand jury in January and he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.

Documents say Black sold drugs between 2009 and July 2013.  He used other people to stand guard at hotel rooms in the downtown area where he sent heroin and crack daily.

They say he also used the residences of drug users and offered them free drugs to gain access to their homes.

During their investigation,  authorities say they also found loaded firearms including a handgun and a MK99 assault rifle.