- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to distributing more than 100 pounds of cocaine and laundering the proceeds has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Forty-three-year-old Vernon Norvell of Portsmouth was also ordered to pay $690,000 in criminal forfeiture at sentencing Tuesday in federal court in Norfolk.

U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release that Norvell ran a large-scale cocaine operation at his home, his business called G’s Cake Shop, and a Food Lion parking lot in Portsmouth.

According to court documents, Norvell used the proceeds of cocaine dealing to buy a home, several cars and expensive clothing.

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