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Virginia men face harsh possible sentences after drug arrests

If you drive about three hours due east of Lynchburg, you find yourself staring at Windsor Castle. No, not the enormous stone palace that is home to the UK’s royal family, but rather the much smaller, much more modest historic home in Toano, Virginia.

Three men at a gas station near the American version of Windsor Castle were recently arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

County law enforcement officials said a James City man, 24, has additionally been charged with conspiracy to violate the Drug Control Act and resisting arrest. A 22-year-old James City man faces an identical set of allegations, while a Williamsburg man, 19, is charged with possession with intent to distribute and Drug Control Act conspiracy, but not resisting arrest.

According to law enforcement authorities, police received a 2 pm call to report that a trio of men were smoking weed near gas pumps at a Toano station. Responding officers reported smelling marijuana as they approached the men.

When the cops searched their vehicle, they said they “found a large amount of marijuana,” as well as drug-packing materials, a scale, a loaded handgun and an undisclosed amount of money, described in a news article as “wads of cash.”

Potential punishment for conviction on a possession with intent to distribute charge can range from five years in prison all the way up to 40 years behind bars, with a fine of up to $500,000.

Anyone facing that harsh possibility should decline to speak to prosecutors and investigators. Instead, they should talk over their legal options with a Lynchburg attorney experienced in drug crime defense.