Commonwealth v. Gregory Tarrell Brown; Over 24 Years in Prison for Career Drug Dealer for Dealing Drugs from Home where Children Lived

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Gregory Tarrell Brown, age 34, formerly of the 800 block of Sedley Road in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge Stephen C. Mahan for Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I/II Drug – 2nd or Subsequent Offense (2 counts), Fail to ID to Law Enforcement, Possession of Marijuana – 2nd or Subsequent Offense, and multiple Violation of Probation charges. Judge Mahan sentenced Brown to 33 years and 8 months in prison, with 9 years suspended, leaving 24 years and 8 months to serve.

Brown pled guilty on March 14, 2017.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that on May 21, 2014, at approximately 9:45 p.m., officers with the Virginia Beach Police Department were dispatched to 710 Hayes Avenue in Virginia Beach for possible drug activity.  Officers found Gregory Tarrell Brown and several other individuals outside the home.  As officers approached, Brown began to walk away.  An officer detected a strong odor of marijuana and directed Brown to stop.  Brown refused to stop, and after a struggle, the officer was able to detain him.  A bystander, Bridget Carriero, who police later learned was the defendant's girlfriend, attempted to intervene and had to be told multiple times to back away.  She and her children lived at 710 Hayes Avenue. 

A search of the defendant's pockets yielded $716.00 in cash, a cell phone, keys to 710 Hayes Avenue, heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, and a GPS monitor with an ankle attachment and a dead battery.  Brown was on supervised probation at the time and had a 10 p.m. curfew.  Brown refused to provide his name or identify himself to officers and detectives and was later identified through his fingerprints. 

Narcotics detectives were called to the home and began an investigation. In the kitchen, detectives found drug packaging materials, several digital scales with white powder residue, measuring cup with white powder residue, flatware with white powder residue, a coffee grinder with heroin residue, powdered material used to cut heroin and cocaine, a paper bag full of empty capsules used to package heroin, 17.48 grams of marijuana, 151 capsules of heroin, 26.44 grams of raw heroin, 25.13 grams of black tar heroin, 4 grams of crack cocaine, and more heroin and cocaine packaged in tin foil.  Brown's fingerprints were found on the box of one of the digital scales and on the lid to another. In an upstairs bedroom, detectives found marijuana, a smoking device, and $1,656.  The approximate value of the drugs found in the home and on Brown's person is $8,250 for the heroin and $1,200 for the cocaine. 

Carriero's two minor children lived in the home with all of the drugs and related materials.  For her role, Carriero pled guilty to a charge of Possession of a Schedule I/II Drug, which was ultimately dismissed after she completed drug treatment and community service. She agreed to cooperate against Brown in his case.   

Brown has prior convictions for Object Sexual Penetration, Possession of Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I/II Drug, Possession of Schedule I/II Drug (2 counts), Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, and False ID to Police. These charges were committed while he was on probation. As a result, his sentence today incorporates punishment for multiple probation violations.

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Sara R. Chandler and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Brandon C. Emery prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.