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Rocky Mount man faces up to 160 years in prion
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Edward Lewis Shelton

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A Rocky Mount man faces up to 160 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court to four counts of cocaine distribution.

Two additional counts of cocaine distribution against Edward Lewis Shelton, 56, were dismissed through a plea agreement.

Investigators with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office organized several controlled buys from Shelton between May 12 and June 26, according to Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen.

Then the investigators obtained a search warrant that was executed on June 26 at Shelton's residence on Samuel Lane in the Sontag area of the county, Allen said.

During the search, investigators found different quantities of powered and crack cocaine throughout the residence, according to Sgt. Tim Taylor.

When the search warrant was executed, Shelton ran out the back door of the residence and was later found in the woods behind the house, Taylor said.

The controlled buys were all made in the Glade Hill area, where Shelton met and sold the purchaser cocaine, Allen said.

Lab analysis of the purchased material included cocaine amounts of 6.1 grams, 3.17 grams, .663 grams and .49 grams, Allen said.

The maximum sentence for each of the felony cocaine charges is 40 years in prison and a fine of $500,000.

Circuit Court Judge Stacy Moreau ordered a presentence report to be prepared on Shelton prior to a sentencing hearing, which is set for Oct. 19 at 3 p.m.

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