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Virginia man facing drug trafficking charges

Virginia law enforcement authorities investigating illicit methamphetamine production in the state have reported that a 36-year-old man has been charged with methamphetamine possession and trafficking. The charges were filed after a substance seized during a search of the man's Dugspur residence was identified as more than 225 grams of methamphetamine by a Roanoke crime laboratory.

Deputies from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and Twin County Drug Task Force searched the Silver Leaf Road home in September 2017 while serving drug and larceny warrants according to reports. Deputies say that their suspicions were aroused when they noticed a chemical odor upon entering the residence. Several items were subsequently removed from the property that police say suggests methamphetamine was being manufactured at the premises.

Reports indicate that the man was taken into custody at his residence on Aug. 21 and then transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail for processing. He is charged with possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and is being held without bond. If convicted, the man faces a prison sentence of up to 40 years under Virginia's methamphetamine sentencing schedules.

Lawmakers in Virginia and several other states have established more severe penalties for methamphetamine possession and distribution to combat the rising popularity of the drug, and experienced criminal defense attorneys may advise those facing this kind of felony drug charge to bear these harsher sentences in mind and consider entering into negotiated plea agreements. Prosecutors working under onerous caseloads are expected to produce results, and they may be willing to recommend a reduced sentence to avoid the uncertainties of a jury trial.

Source: The Carroll News, "Dugspur man charged with manufacturing meth", Allen Worrell, Aug. 27, 2018

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