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Herndon Man Indicted in 2011 Reston Drug Deal Death

by Karen Goff January 8, 2015 at 11:00 am 1,972 9 Comments

Scales of Justice/File graphic A Herndon man was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday with drug and firearms charges stemming from a 2011 incident in Reston

Saul Pacheco Mejia, 48,  was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, and the use of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime resulting in death, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said.

According to the indictment, Pacheco Mejia and two conspirators traveled to Reston in December of 2011 to sell cocaine to Colvin Morris.

After Morris attempted to rob them of the cocaine, Pacheco Mejia and his co-conspirators chased Morris from an apartment in Cameron Crescent, shooting and killing him as he attempted to flee. Pacheco Mejia and his co-conspirators fled the scene and later fled to Honduras.

Pacheco Mejia faces a maximum penalty of death, or up to life imprisonment if convicted.



    Good article! Points out the criminal behavior prevalent in Fairfax County subsidized housing. We are paying for these criminals to live in our community.

    • Suha Matthews

      AND here we have another delusional nut job trying to proclaim bogus facts. Subsidized housing is not the issue ding dong! It’s clearly an issue of morality. It’s tragic either way you view it. CRIMINAL behavior is prevalent EVERYWHERE in case you ever get back in touch with reality! BO

      • Dexter Scott

        Crimes occur everywhere. But the crime rate is not the same everywhere. Move to a low-income housing complex and you’ll get in touch with that reality very quickly.

    • Karen Goff

      If I remember correctly from the original crime, Morris lived in Alexandria at the time (though he grew up in Reston). he was not a resident of the apartment, that’s why it says “an” apartment not “his” apartment in the story above. But still, criminal behavior allegedly occurred at that apt regardless.


        Right Karen. Who did live in that apartment and do they still live there? What kind of dumbass tries to steal cocaine from 3 Honduran cocaine dealers? I mean I guess its sad he was killed, but he brought it on himself.

  • Dexter Scott

    Fairfax County Police Second Lt. Tim Settle said at Thursday’s Board of
    Directors meeting that the shooting “appears to be over a drug deal gone

    What a tragedy when a perfectly normal and legitimate everyday transaction like selling cocaine “goes bad”. Apparently, if Pacheco and Colvin had exchanged money for cocaine without killing each other, that would have been “good” and unobjectionable from the standpoint of FCPD.

    Anyway, if the guy is still in Honduras, just make sure he stays there, don’t bring him back here for trial and prison. Oh wait, that would involve actually controlling our borders…

  • Dan Keating

    Regardless if this was drug related or not no one deserves to be killed! And to be frank there are a lot of drugs in affluent neighborhoods in Reston! and that is fact! So it doesn’t matter if it is low income or upper class drugs can cause death! Some people should not be one sided!

    • Julio

      One sided about what?

  • jennifer

    wasnt this pacheco dude part of the maintance crew in cresant apt? looks awfly familiar.


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