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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Drug dealer to serve time in detention center
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Justin Durand Menefee

Monday, April 21, 2014

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A Rocky Mount man will be evaluated for the Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) detention and diversion center in lieu of prison time for two counts of selling prescription drugs.

Justin Durand Menefee, 31, was sentenced to six years, but Judge W.N. Alexander II suspended the time, contingent upon his completion of the DOC program.

Menefee pleaded guilty in February to two charges of distribution of hydrocodone. Menefee sold the hydrocodone on Feb. 12, 2013, and on June 19, 2013, through controlled buys, arranged by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

In addition to the completion of the detention and diversion program, Menefee was ordered to be of good behavior for six years and will be placed on probation for two years.

Menefee sold 10 hydrocodone pills for $60 on Feb. 12 at a location near Route 619, according to Tim Allen, commonwealth's attorney.

On June 19, Menefee sold five hydrocodone pills for $10 in a parking lot near Windy Lane in Rocky Mount.

Through a plea agreement, Menefee was to serve no more than one year in prison, based on sentencing guidelines, Allen said.

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