Local man to face federal court

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 6, 2002

A Suffolk man charged with supplying Ecstasy to a Navy woman who overdosed and died last fall will appear in federal court this week.

Lloyd B. Tankersley Jr., 33, is scheduled to make his second appearance before the Norfolk court on Monday. The Navy man has been held without bond since his arrest last week.

Tankersley, who is suspected of being involved in a large Ecstasy distribution ring, is facing charges relating to the September 2001 death of Shenley Streeter, said federal officials. If convicted, he could receive a prison sentence ranging from 20 years to life and fines upwards of $1 million.

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According to court records, Streeter, a Virginia Beach resident, got Ecstasy – a drug popular on the club scene that produces euphoric highs and hallucinations – at least twice from Tankersley during the two days before her Sept. 12 death.

Tankersley had denied that accusation, court records reveal

Streeter was discovered Sept. 12 slumped over the wheel of her car, which was parked at a shopping center on East Bay View Boulevard, court records indicated. At that time, Tankersley lived less than a mile away from the shopping center.

According to federal court records, two witnesses have told authorities that they saw Streeter’s car pull into the shopping center early Sept. 11. One witness indicated he saw her get out of her car long enough to mail a letter; both reported seeing Streeter sitting inside her car for the rest of the day.

That night, both witnesses said that they remember seeing the car in the parking lot but that they no longer saw the woman. When one of the witnesses noticed the car parked in the same spot the next morning, he approached it and discovered Streeter passed out over the passenger seat, according to the court records.

Court records indicate that Streeter’s autopsy indicated she died from Ecstasy poisoning.

According to court documents, Tankersley told Norfolk authorities last fall that he had neither provided Streeter with drugs nor seen her take any. He also told police that he did not sell drugs.

But federals have four witnesses to dispute those claims.

According to the court document, one witness will testify that Tankersley sold approximately 220 ecstasy pills between May and October 2001. Another has said that Tankersley admitted giving Streeter Ecstasy shortly before her death.