On July 9, a 43-year-old Leesburg man was sentenced to 14 years in a Virginia prison after being convicted of multiple drug crimes. Following his release, he will also serve five years of supervised probation and five years of unsupervised probation. An additional 12 years of his sentence were suspended.
A Virginia habitual drunkard law was declared unconstitutional by the en banc Firth Circuit. It was heard by all 15 members of the court after a panel of three judges ruled in January that a suit filed by four homeless men should be dismissed. The law allows authorities to bring individuals before a judge and eventually send them to jail for an inability to handle alcohol.
For any system of legal justice to work satisfactorily and endure for the long run, it must be fair and unbiased, and perhaps most importantly, it must inspire the faith and confidence of the people to whom it applies. This is especially true of the criminal justice system. Yet, as many Virginia residents who have run afoul of the law for any reason have discovered, there is an inherent imbalance that glaringly impacts one group of citizens. The poor, simply by the reality of their economic situation, are severely disadvantaged if they are accused of a crime.
A 49-year-old Virginia man, a 42-year-old New York man, and a 28-year-old Georgia man were taken into custody on June 25 when federal agents assigned to a Drug Enforcement Administration narcotics task force conducted an operation in the parking lot of a Virginia Beach Walmart store. A DEA representative was guarded when asked about the details of the operation, but he did say that the men were allegedly involved in a cocaine deal worth $280,000.
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A federal judge in Virginia has sentenced a 37-year-old man to 10 years and six months in prison for organizing a plot to buy 100 kilograms of cocaine. The Dominican Republic national entered into a plea agreement with U.S. attorneys in February. The charges he faced carried a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and could have sent him to prison for the rest of his life. A 24-year-old man was sentenced to six years and six months in federal prison for the role he played in the scheme.