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Brandon J. Wright

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A Rocky Mount man was found guilty Friday by a Franklin County jury on two counts of distribution of cocaine after being convicted twice before of the same offense.

The jury of eight women and four men recommended that Brandon J. Wright, 27, of Rocky Mount receive a 12-year prison sentence on each of the charges.

Prosecutor Robert Deatherage said controlled buys of cocaine, arranged by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, were made from Wright on Dec. 20, 2012, and Dec. 27, 2012.

A confidential informant testified Friday that he made the two buys from Wright at two separate locations with law enforcement officers keeping surveillance on him during the buys.

The informant said he paid $100 for the drugs each time. He also said he was wired with a recording device.

The first drug buy was outside Windy Lane Apartments. The informant said he met Wright outside the apartments and the two got into a parked car, where the drug transaction took place.

The second buy was at a house on Jenny Lynn Lane, the informant testified. The buy was made inside the house, while the informant was wired with a recording device.

Under cross examination by Wright's attorney, Carolyn Furrow, the informant admitted he had sold marijuana in the past and had a conviction for doing so when he was a juvenile.

Two law enforcement officers with the sheriff's office testified that they arranged the controlled buys from Wright.

Before each of the drug buys, law enforcement officers searched the informant to insure he had no contraband or money on his person before the drug transactions. The officers then gave the informant $100 and wired him with a recording device before the drug purchases were made, according to the officers' testimony.

A sentencing hearing for Wright is set for July 31 at 3:45 p.m. in Franklin County Circuit Court.

Wright is being held in the Western Virginia Regional Jail until his sentencing.

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