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Drug charges net five years / March 26, 2018
A 51-year-old South Boston man will serve an active term of five years in prison after being convicted Friday in Halifax County Circuit Court of two counts of distribution of cocaine.

Jaret Jefferson Graves pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of cocaine (second offense) and one count of distribution of cocaine (first offense). An additional 15 years of his sentence were suspended on the condition that Graves successfully complete two years of supervised probation after his release and be of good behavior for 20 years.

The charges against Graves resulted from a months-long investigation by the Halifax/South Boston Regional Narcotics and Gang Task Force. On each offense date, April 13, and May 3, Graves sold more than six grams of cocaine for $350. Graves had previously been convicted of felony distribution of cocaine and felony conspiracy to distribute cocaine in federal court in the Western District of Virginia on May 18, 2000. The local case was resolved pursuant to a plea agreement between the defendant and the Commonwealth’s Attorney.

“The Commonwealth enters into plea agreements only when the agreement serves the best interests of justice and the community,” said Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin. “We made this decision with the full support of law enforcement.”

Graves has additional pending charges from a separate May 13, offense for resisting arrest, obstruction of justice, possession of marijuana, and possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, second offense. Those charges are set to be heard in Halifax Circuit Court in May.

“We commend the work of the Halifax/South Boston Regional Narcotics and Gang Task Force in their investigation of this drug dealer,” said Regional Drug Prosecutor, David Pittman. The Task Force consists of members of the Virginia State Police, Halifax County Sheriff’s Department, and South Boston Police Department.

In other court action this week, Derrick Lamond Bowling of South Boston received a total active sentence of five years, nine months in prison for an August 2016 grand larceny and entering a structure to commit assault and battery.

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