Portsmouth man sentenced to 21 years in prison on heroin charges

Posted at 2:56 PM, Aug 23, 2016

Linwood Taylor

NORFOLK, Va. – Portsmouth heroin dealer Linwood Taylor was sentenced Tuesday to 262 months in prison and eight years of supervised release for conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin.

Taylor was also ordered to give up $393,799, which represents the money he received from selling heroin.

Taylor, 56, pleaded guilty to the drug charges on May 12.

According to court documents, Taylor dealt in excess of six kilograms of heroin over the course of a year and a half in Portsmouth. Taylor’s operations were based out of Rodeway Inn motel in Portsmouth. Officers from the DEA and Portsmouth Police found nearly $9,000 in cash, 87 grams of heroin, 10 grams of cocaine and a hydraulic press.

Taylor used the hydraulic press to make it seem like he was dealing fresh, high quality heroin, but he was actually using cutting agents to double the amount and profits of his heroin sales.