Leesburg Drug Dealer Gets 14-year Sentence

A 43-year-old Leesburg man was sentence to 14 years in prison following his conviction on charges of distribution of cocaine, possession of cocaine, and obtaining money by false pretense.

According to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Warren Ellwood Shelton Jr. was nabbed in a January 2018 operation by the Virginia State Police when a confidential informant purchased 1.72 grams of cocaine from him.

Then, on March 16, 2018, he was charged with forgery and obtaining money by false pretense when he purchased a Bluetooth speaker at the Office Depot in Leesburg using a counterfeit $100 bill.The speaker cost $23.30 and he accepted $76.70 as change from the cashier.Several weeks later, he was arrested on outstanding warrants and a Leesburg Police officer found 10 counterfeit $100 bills in Shelton’s pocket. As Shelton was being processed and taken into custody at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, deputies located a bag of cocaine in his pocket.

While the forgery charge was dismissed, Shelton’s criminal history dates back to 1994 and includes prior convictions for distribution of imitation cocaine, DUI manslaughter, burglary, grand larceny, domestic violence, DWI, carrying a concealed weapon, obstruction of justice, 12 probation violations, and four contempt of court charges.

Shelton was sentenced July 9 by Circuit Court Judge James P. Fisher sentenced Warren Ellwood Shelton, Jr. to fourteen years in the Virginia Department of Corrections, 12 years of suspended penitentiary time and five years of supervised probation followed by five years of unsupervised probation.

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