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12 years for Michael Vick's uncle in heroin case

Michael Vick's 57-year-old uncle has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for his role in a heroin ring in southeastern Virginia.

The government says Joseph Vick Jr. was sentenced Wednesday in Newport News on a charge of distributing 100 grams of the drug. He entered his plea in January.

Prosecutors say Vick was a midlevel distributor for a heroin ring that sold the drug in Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg and a number of other communities along the peninsula of the Chesapeake Bay.

Federal prosecutors previously confirmed that Vick is the uncle of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.

Joseph Vick was among more than 20 suspects who were indicted in December.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 22, 2010; 7:58 AM ET
Categories:  Celebrities , From the Courthouse , Narcotics , Updates , Virginia  
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I wonder of the seed money came from Michael Vick. After all, he financed the Dog Fighting business and/or events.

Posted by: Special_One40 | April 22, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

This is sad because if this wasn't Michael Vick uncle this would've never been reported.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | April 22, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Yes really sad. Sad that this slime ball drug dealer ruined so many lives by dealing heroin.

Posted by: MKadyman | April 22, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Why is this "sad"? Are you Michael Vick's chauffeur? You're upset because his uncle's good name has been besmirched (look it up)? You're worried about his mother crying when she reads about this?

Save your grief/pain for people who deserve it.

Posted by: uncivil | April 22, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

People create their own personal nightmare/hell. They choose what they do.
They try drugs. If it wasn't heroin, it would be cocaine. Not coke then pot. Or crack. Or meth. Or over-the-counter drugs. Or alcohol abuse.

Drugs are easily available anywhere & anytime. Just like guns. Lots of people don't do drugs. They have self-discipline/ willpower/strength/sense. Whatever you want to call it. They're not tempted to kill themselves via illegal drugs.

A certain segment of the American population will always be addicted to something illegal. They don't care if they lose their job or family or health or house or get into huge debt. The drugs come first. Priority uno. Nothing else matters.

Drugs = big money. Until that equation changes, the government/police are wasting their time. It's like trying to drain the ocean with a dixie cup.

When you're a public figure in politics, entertainment or sports, you're family is fair game for the media. Happens all the time. Ask Sarah Palin. Jimmy Carter's brother made it in the news when he was President. Everything you do is examined.
Good & bad.

"Your son committed suicide, Mary Tyler Moore? (TRUE) How awful."

Back at the media ranch...

"OK, guys, we'll put that on the Web, TV news & in newspapers/magazines tonight. Any photos of her son's dead body? Did Mary ever try to commit suicide herself?"

Posted by: uncivil | April 22, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

As opposed to thinkng Vick gave him seed money for this, maybe folks can start to understand his background in that he did not see anything wrong from his childhood of fighting dogs. America loves to present this story like we are all homogenous, two parent family, white picket fence and everyone is happy and comfortable. he11 no, there are plenty of people of suffering and hustling to get by.

Posted by: oknow1 | April 22, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Guess we know all we need to about the Vick family gene pool!

Posted by: lsf07 | April 22, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

oknow1 said
"..there are plenty of people of suffering and hustling to get by."

"Suffering." Sure. No question.

Does "hustling" mean doing illegal things & commiting crimes? Torturing & killing dogs for gambling purposes?

Doing WHATEVER for money is ok? Everything is on the table? Nothing is forbidden? Doesn't matter who your hurt or rob while you're "earning a living"?

We should excuse whatever you do in life because you come from a poor/rough/bad/hardscrabble neighborhood/community(whatever the PC term is)?

Some people never run out of excuses for other people's behavior.

"Well, this happended & that happened & then his Pops ran out when he was 10 & then his Moms had 3 more kids by 3 different men & couldn't take care of him & then the teachers kept failing him in school & then the police kept going after him for having an overdue library book, etc, etc, blah, blah, blah."

Crime & breaking the law are justified if you have had a hard knock life. Sniff. Boo hoo.

Posted by: uncivil | April 22, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Only if he had Cameron Douglas' attorney.

Posted by: KNNTHMORRIS | April 22, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

You know it's really sad when people start hating on other people. We all make mistakes in life. Some people sell, use and do whatever and never get caught. Whatever is in the dark will eventually come to the light. Dog fighting has been around for years and nothing has ever been done about it. Drugs have been around for years, and nothing can be done about it. We know where and who they come from and they will continue to come. Your family, my family and everybody's da@#n family got sh#t with them, so this is not about Michael Vick, leave him alone, this is about about Joe. Mike is human just like we all are, so until Joe get his sh#t together, this is not even a story.

Posted by: ddchristian | April 22, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

A family full of thugs and jail birds. Vick was imprisoned. His brother was imprisoned. Now his uncle is imprisoned.

Posted by: jabreal00 | April 22, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Forget those dogs

Posted by: gokusc1 | April 27, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

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