Drug Trafficking Suspect Enters Alford Plea

Bryant W. Denison, the California man charged with transporting nearly $900,000 worth of marijuana after a Sterling bust, appeared in Loudoun County Circuit Court on Monday, entering an Alford plea.

The plea is an acknowledgement that there is enough evidence to warrant a conviction on the felony distribution of marijuana charge, but Denison did not admit guilt. A sentencing hearing is set for July 29. He faces five to 30 years in prison.

Denison, 54, was arrested Dec. 21, 2015, following a joint investigation between the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Denison was driving a rental truck when authorities conducted a traffic stop in the area of Old Ox Road and Rt. 267. The sheriff’s office said Denison received marijuana that had been shipped to Loudoun County by a national cargo transportation company and loaded it into the truck.

A total of 155 bricks of marijuana, each weighing about 1.2 pounds, were inside the rental truck. Also inside was 15 pounds of marijuana wax, commonly referred to as “shatter.”

Denison has been held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

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