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Virginia Man Arrested For Heroin & Meth Drug Crimes

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A 39-year-old Virginia man faces charges for heroin and methamphetamine drug crimes after leading police on a 21-mile chase, according to an article by CBS affiliate WDBJ.

This incident occurred in the late evening of Wednesday, March 23. That is when police officers attempted to execute a traffic stop. But the Virginia man allegedly ignored police commands and kept driving, apparently trying to throw objects from his vehicle.

After a chase that went on for miles and spanned two counties, police employed traffic spikes to stop the Virginia man’s vehicle. After his arrest, this Virginia man faces criminal charges for:

  • Possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute;
  • Possession of heroin with intent to distribute; and
  • Three other criminal offenses.

At this point, the Virginia man remains in police custody without bond. While this man’s legal case develops, it seems like an opportune moment to review the Virginia laws against and penalties for distribution of a controlled substance.

Virginia Laws Against Distribution of a Controlled Substance

The Virginia laws against distribution of a controlled substance appear at Code of Virginia Section 18.2-248. Under this section, it is unlawful to distribute, manufacture, give away, or sell any controlled substance. This section also makes it illegal to possess any controlled substance while demonstrating an intent to distribute, manufacture, give away, or sell.

There are limited exceptions to Section 18.2-248 under the Drug Control Act. But these exceptions largely concern approved medical use and licensed providers or distributors.

Virginia Penalties for Distribution of a Controlled Substance

Section 18.2-248 also explains the Virginia penalties for distribution of a controlled substance. Though these penalties do fluctuate based on the quantity and schedule of controlled substances in question.

For Schedule I/II controlled substances — which include heroin and methamphetamine — the standard penalties are as follows:

  • First Violation — Felony crime that includes imprisonment for five to 40 years and criminal fines up to $500,000;
  • Second Violation — Felony crime that includes imprisonment for five years to life and criminal fines up to $500,000; or
  • Third or Subsequent Violation — Felony crime that includes imprisonment for 10 years to life and criminal fines up to $500,000.

That being said, there are enhanced penalties for distribution drug crimes involving large quantities of dangerous controlled substances. For example, distribution crimes involving:

  • 10 grams or more of meth — Are subject to imprisonment for five years to life and criminal fines up to $1 million;
  • 100 grams or more of heroin — Are subject to imprisonment for five years to life and criminal fines up to $1 million;
  • 100 grams or more of meth — Are subject to imprisonment for 20 years to life and criminal fines up to $1 million; or
  • 1 kilogram or more of heroin — Are subject to imprisonment for 20 years to life and criminal fines up to $1 million.

Do You Need Legal Help?

If you have been charged with a drug crime, we can help. Reach out to the Leesburg drug crimes lawyers at Simms Showers LLP for a consultation.

Source:

wdbj7.com/2022/03/24/clifton-forge-man-arrested-drug-charges-after-police-chase/

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