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Roanoke man faces up to 80 years for selling heroin
Investigation led to more heroin, $5,000 cash
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David Boyd Barnes

Friday, October 4, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Roanoke man faces up to 80 years in prison after pleading guilty to selling heroin.

David Boyd Barnes, 23, pleaded guilty Monday in Franklin County Circuit Court to two counts of distributing heroin.

Barnes faces up to 40 years on each felony count.

The charges were the result of two controlled drug buys, arranged by the sheriff's office, at a convenience store in Boones Mill, according to prosecutor Robert Deatherage.

The first drug buy was conducted on March 8 when 20 packets of brown powdered substance were purchased for $350, Deatherage said.

The second drug buy was on March 15 at the same location in Boones Mill, where 20 packets were purchased for $360, Deatherage said.

Lab analysis confirmed that the brown powered substance from both controlled purchases was heroin, Deatherage added.

Judge W.N. Alexander revoked Barnes' bond and sent him to jail. His sentencing hearing is set for Nov. 25 at 3 p.m. in circuit court.

Barnes' prior criminal record includes two convictions for possession of marijuana in 2008, and two convictions for petit larceny in 2013, Deatherage said.

This investigation by the sheriff's office led to a search warrant being executed in Roanoke and the seizure of more heroin and approximately $5,000 in cash, Deatherage said.

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