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Man accused of attempting to sell drugs to high schoolers

A 39-year-old Virginia man is facing a raft of drug and firearms charges after being taken into custody by police outside a Washington County high school on the morning of Sept. 20. A school administrator called police at about 7:45 a.m. after a teacher on early bus duty discovered an unresponsive man sitting in a parked car. The man has been charged with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, intent to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana on school property, possessing a concealed handgun on school property and while possessing drugs.

Responding police officers say that the man seemed disoriented when he stepped out of his Pontiac Sunfire sedan, and they claim that they conducted a search after noticing a bag of what appeared to be marijuana inside the vehicle. The search is said to have yielded about 12 ounces of crystal methamphetamine, a loaded .38 caliber revolver, a crossbow and several items commonly used to distribute and consume drugs.

Charges related to drug selling and dealing

Being convicted of criminal offenses related to dealing and selling drugs in Virginia and the rest of the country can result in stiff penalties. Drug sales and drug dealing charges pertain to the sale of illegal controlled substances, such as heroin, marijuana, meth or cocaine. The scope of these charges is less than that of drug trafficking, which pertains to any aspect of the creation, movement and selling of the drugs.

The primary determining factors for penalties related to the crimes are the type of drug in question, how much was sold and if the defendant has a history of criminal offenses. In some circumstances, individuals may be accused of selling drugs if they possess a certain amount of drug, whether or not they had intent to sell.

Domestic dispute call ends with man and woman facing drug charges

A 31-year-old man ended up in Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail after Williamsburg Police encountered him during a domestic dispute call. Police reported that they entered a home on the 4000 block of Battery Boulevard. While interviewing the man and the woman at the location, law enforcement found a suitcase containing drugs and cash. After obtaining a warrant to search the woman, police reported finding a small amount of marijuana in her possession, and they arrested her as well.

The man had initially tried to hide his identity by giving an incorrect name, which added a false ID charge to his problems. His suitcase allegedly held about 14 pounds of marijuana, other drugs and $10,000 in cash. Authorities charged him with multiple drug offenses, including one count of intent to distribute marijuana and four counts of possessing Schedule 2 and Schedule 4 narcotics.

Man sentenced to 262 months in prison for distributing drugs

A 43-year-old Virginia man was sentenced to more than two decades in prison on Aug. 24 for distributing heroin and cocaine in the Richmond area. The Henrico resident had pleaded guilty to a raft of drug possession, distribution and firearms charges on May 23. The man was also ordered to forfeit a handgun and pay financial restitution of $1.05 million. Reports indicate that this figure was based on the estimated proceeds of the man's drug trafficking and distribution activities.

The man, who has several prior drug convictions according to reports, admitted to authorities that he distributed in excess of 15 kilograms of cocaine and seven kilograms of heroin to drug users in the Richmond area in 2016. Police say that this is enough drugs to produce more than 200,000 individual doses or hits. Weapons charges were added after police discovered a .38 caliber revolver and ammunition in the man's possession. Convicted felons are not permitted to own or carry firearms under Virginia law.

2 Virginia men face multiple charges after firing guns in street

An early evening call to police in Petersburg resulted in the arrest of two men. Officers on the scene reported that a crowd had gathered on the 600 block of Cottonwood Drive and that they saw firearms being discharged into the air. As officers advanced on the crowd, three men attempted to flee the scene. Police succeeded in arresting two of them, both 27, and the third man got away after dropping his gun.

Law enforcement confiscated three handguns from the scene. They also reported that the two men taken into custody were allegedly in possession of a scale, OxyContin, Xanax, cocaine and marijuana.

Seven indicted on drug trafficking charges

On Aug. 22, it was reported that a federal grand jury in Virginia indicted seven people thought to be involved in a drug conspiracy case. According to the indictment, each person was charged with conspiracy to posses 50 or more grams of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

The indicted individuals were identified as a 40-year-old Jonesville man, a 27-year-old Church Hill, Tennessee, man, a 29-year-old Pennington Gap man, a 42-year-old Jonesville woman, a 36-year-old Jonesville man, a 35-year-old Jonesville man and a 43-year-old Jonesville woman.

Scheduling under the Controlled Substances Act

Virginians may be charged with drug offenses that range in severity according to the substances that are allegedly involved, their quantities and the circumstances surrounding the offenses. The federal Controlled Substances Act, which was enacted in 1970, provides broad categories into which various illegal drugs and prescription medications fall.

Drugs that are classified as Schedule 1 controlled substances are deemed to have little or no medical value and to carry the most harm. This category includes such illegal drugs that are not available by prescription such as heroin, LSD and ecstasy. Marijuana is also classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance despite the fact that it is legal in several states and has been shown to provide certain medical benefits.

Teenager sentenced to 20 years in fatal DUI crash

A Virginia teenager who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a deadly DUI crash was sentenced to prison for 20 years. However, 14 of those years have been suspended, meaning he will only serve six years in prison.

The teenager was reportedly behind the wheel of his vehicle when he crashed on Cold Harbor Road in Hanover on April 23, 2016. Witnesses said that his truck reached speeds of 70 mph or more before slamming into a tree. The crash resulted in the deaths of a 17-year-old and a 22-year-old. Both individuals were reportedly friends of the teen. The teen and three other passengers in the vehicle were taken to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

Golfer Tiger Woods on 5 drugs during DUI incident

A toxicology report has revealed that famous golfer Tiger Woods had several drugs in his system when he was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI in late May. The drugs included THC, Vicodin, Xanax, Ambien and Dilaudid.

On May 29, authorities found the 41-year-old golfer asleep in his vehicle which was sitting in the middle of a Florida highway. Police said that he sounded confused when he was questioned. He reportedly told an officer that he was taking a prescription medication, though it was not stated what that medication was. After the incident, Woods said that he had experienced an unexpected reaction to the medication following a back surgery he had undergone in April. In early July, Woods released a statement saying that he had completed treatment at a private intensive program out of state.

Virginia men sentenced in connection with DUI crash

A Virginia judge sent two men to prison on Aug. 8 in connection with an April 2015 drunk driving crash that claimed the life of a 33-year-old woman. A 34-year-old Chesapeake man will spend five years in prison and pay a $500 fine, and a 35-year-old Norfolk man was sentenced to a prison term of seven years and ordered to pay a $700 fine. The two men were convicted on charges of DUI, DUI maiming and DUI manslaughter. The accident took place at the intersection of Greenwich Road and Newtown Road in Virginia Beach on April 12, 2015, at approximately 2:30 a.m.

According to police reports, the 34-year-old man's Ford Mustang was proceeding northbound on Newtown Road when it struck the 35-year-old man's Chevrolet Malibu as it was making a left turn from the southbound lane of Newtown Road onto Greenwich Road. Police determined that both drivers were at fault. Accident investigators determined that the Chevrolet had failed to yield before turning, and they estimated the Ford's speed to be between 61 mph and 70 mph at the time of the crash. The posted speed limit in the area is 35 mph.

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