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Judge sentences Virginia man on drug trafficking charge

Federal prosecutors say that three Virginia men engaged in the importation and distribution of a banned substance. All three were convicted of the drug charges against them, and earlier last month the first of the three learned his sentence. The judge ordered the 66-year-old man to spend 21 months in prison for taking part in the drug trafficking scheme.

According to the allegations made in court documents, the man allowed another person to use his home as the delivery address for shipments of methylone from China. In total, a purported 14.7 kilograms of methylone, which is similar to ecstasy, were sent to his home. Prosecutors said that the shipments occurred over a span of seven months during 2011 and 2012.

Once the drugs were delivered, authorities asserted that the man and his grandson would distribute the drug. Police obtained a search warrant for his house, where they found one kilogram of methylone and handful of synthetic drugs. Law enforcement officers also discovered 16 guns on the premises.

Because prosecutors alleged that the men carried firearms while distributing the drugs, the 66-year-old man was charged with possession of a gun during and in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. He was also charged with conspiracy to import methylone.

Drug trafficking and weapons offenses can carry significant terms of imprisonment. In addition, a conviction can severely affect one's ability to find a job. With so much at stake, defendants should know their rights and their options for pursuing their case. In some instances, there may be problems with how police collected and stored the evidence. Finding these and other issues that may be present is part of a thorough criminal defense.

Source: WAVY.com, "Senior citizen drug dealer sentenced," Oct. 18, 2012

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