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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Berkley Lewis Whitlock
Monday, March 31, 2014
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
A Ferrum man pleaded guilty Thursday in Franklin County Circuit Court to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
Berkley Lewis Whitlock, 41, faces up to 40 years in prison. A mandatory prison sentence of five years must be imposed.
Through a plea agreement, Whitlock will reserve the right to appeal the decision on the legality of the search of his vehicle that led to the charge.
Whitlock was arrested after officers searched his vehicle with the use of a drug-sniffing dog, according to prosecutor Dwight Rudd.
On March 27, 2013, officers saw the vehicle parked on the side of a gravel road, within 100 feet of Ferrum Elementary School, Rudd said. The vehicle was partially blocking the road. When the officers approached the vehicle, it drove off and was later stopped by police.
Whitlock was driving the vehicle and the officers said he seemed to be impaired, Rudd said. The vehicle was then searched with the use of the canine, and plastic bags containing methamphetamine were found.
Analysis determined that the bags contained 27.82 grams of methamphetamine.
A sentencing hearing for Whitlock is set for June 9 at 3:15 p.m. in circuit court.