- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 17, 2015

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A Portsmouth man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for his role in a heroin distributing operation.

Prosecutors say 33-year-old Theodore M. Vann was the highest ranking member of the Gorilla Mafia Piru, a Bloods gang set based in Portsmouth. He was sentenced Monday in federal court in Norfolk for conspiracy to distribute heroin and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Court records show Vann conspired with others to distribute heroin in Norfolk, Portsmouth, and other areas in eastern Virginia.

Co-defendant Antwane Williams was sentenced to 10 years in prison in September.

Two men with whom Vann was involved in heroin purchases also were sentenced previously. Christopher Smith of Portsmouth was sentenced to life in prison, and Alonzo Outten of Portsmouth was sentenced to 30 years.

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