Man Sentenced to More Than 3 Years for Norfolk DUI Crash, Possessing Large Amount of Cocaine, Fentanyl, MDMA
NORFOLK, Va. – On Tuesday, 49-year-old Kenneth Charles Todd Jr. was sentenced in Norfolk Circuit Court to three years and five months in prison following a drunk driving crash earlier this year that led responding officers to discover dozens of grams of cocaine and hundreds of fentanyl and MDMA pills in Mr. Todd’s car.
On March 23, 2023, a Virginia State Police trooper was en route to assist with a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 64 near the exchange with Interstate 264 when he heard another crash happen nearby. The trooper responded to the more recent crash and found Mr. Todd in the driver’s seat of the vehicle with a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person and with bloodshot, glassy eyes. The trooper conducted a field sobriety test, which indicated that Mr. Todd was impaired, and placed Mr. Todd under arrest for driving under the influence.
The trooper then searched Mr. Todd’s car and noticed a box containing a digital scale next to a water bottle that felt heavier than normal. The water bottle had a false bottom and was hiding 227 fentanyl pills, 19 MDMA pills, and 51 grams of cocaine. The trooper also recovered a firearm that had previously been reported stolen from the floor of the backseat.
Mr. Todd has a prior 2005 felony conviction of possessing with the intent to distribute Schedule I or II drugs and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.
On Tuesday, Mr. Todd pleaded guilty to possessing with the intent to distribute Schedule I or II drugs, being a convicted non-violent felon in possession of a firearm, receiving a stolen firearm, and driving under the influence.
Judge Everett A. Martin Jr. accepted Mr. Todd’s plea and, pursuant to Mr. Todd’s plea agreement, sentenced Mr. Todd to 21 years in custody, with 17 years and seven months suspended on the conditions that Mr. Todd be of uniform good behavior for 15 years, complete an indefinite period of supervised probation, pay a $250 fine, forfeit his driver’s license for one year, complete the Chesapeake Bay Alcohol Safety Action Program, and refrain from using drugs or alcohol.
Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Emily A. Woodley prosecuted Mr. Todd’s case on behalf of the Commonwealth, and Virginia State Police Trooper Kijana S. Kerr led the investigation.