Leader of Alexandria drug ring sentenced

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ALEXANDRIA CO., VA – The leader of an Alexandria drug ring responsible for distributing thousands of pounds of marijuana throughout the DMV has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The sentencing of Amanuel Hagos, 29, of Oakland California marked the end of a 15-month-long investigation. Officials say Hagos and five other co-defendants were were collectively responsible for importing approximately 1,900 pounds of marijuana and laundering nearly $1 million worth of illegal drug proceeds.

According to police, the investigation began when 90 pounds of high-grade marijuana were found at an Alexandria apartment in September 2015. The investigation revealed that Hagos’ organization was responsible for trafficking thousands of pounds of marijuana from California to locations throughout Northern Virginia and DC from January 2014 to September 2015. The cash proceeds were laundered through bank accounts and casino transactions.

Hagos pleaded guilty to Racketeering (RICO), Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering, and two counts of Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana. He was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison, with all but 7 years suspended. He was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised probation.

Beakal Shifferaw of Oakland, CA; Walied Faisel of Alexandria, VA; Afrom Hagos of Oakland, CA; Degoul Pietros of Washington, DC; and Mikiyas Solomon of Hayward, CA were also charged and sentenced in this case. Each of the defendants received different sentence, proportionate to their involvement in the crimes.