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Cocaine dealer to serve 8 years of 40-year sentence
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Edward Lewis Shelton

Friday, November 30, 2012

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A Rocky Mount man will serve eight years of a 40-year sentence after pleading guilty in September to four counts of cocaine distribution.

Edward Lewis Shelton, 56, was sentenced to 10 years on each of the four counts of cocaine distribution with eight years suspended on each of the charges.

In addition to the eight years Shelton will serve in prison, Circuit Court Judge Stacey Moreau fined Shelton $2,000, placed Shelton on probation for two years once he is released and ordered him to be of good behavior for 20 years.

Shelton had originally been charged with six counts of cocaine distribution, but two charges 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 Sontag, 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.

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