Alexandria police arrest two men implicated in heroin trafficking

Samuel Lebron, 38, and Jeffrey Montilla, 37, both of New York City, face multiple drug-related charges in the City of Alexandria (Photo courtesy City of Alexandria)

By Alexa Epitropoulos | 

Two men have been arrested for suspected roles in a heroin trafficking network following a two-year narcotics investigation, according to a city news release.

The investigation, conducted jointly by the Alexandria Police Department, the Alexandria Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and the Virginia Office of the Attorney General, led to the arrests and indictments of Samuel Lebron, 38, and Jeffrey Montilla, 37, both of New York City. Both were indicted by the Northern Virginia multi-jurisdictional grand jury based on evidence related to the investigation.

Lebron and Montilla face charges of conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and two counts of conspiracy to import an ounce or more of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance into the commonwealth. 

Both Lebron and Montilla have been extradited to the Alexandria Adult Detention Center and are being held without bond pending trial.

A city news release said Lebron and Montilla were part of a heroin trafficking network “responsible for trafficking heroin from New York City to the City of Alexandria.” The investigation resulted in the seizure of 400 grams of heroin, 78 grams of cocaine, a firearm, $32,109 in cash and two luxury vehicles, according to the release.

Lieutenant Michael Kochis, commander of the Alexandria Vice/Narcotics Unit at the Alexandria Police Department, praised the work of investigators on the case.

“I am very proud of the tremendous work our detectives and prosecutors have put into this investigation,” Kochis said in the release. “The collaboration between our partners from the Fairfax County Police Department, Alexandria Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, the Virginia Office of the Attorney General and the Drug Enforcement Administration is impressive.” 

Lebron’s and Montilla’s cases will be prosecuted by the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Alexandria and the Virginia Office of the Attorney General.