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Culpeper Heroin Traffickers Sentenced in Federal Court

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Virginia

Charlottesville, VIRGINIA – A pair of Culpeper heroin traffickers who conspired with others to traffic at least 100 grams of the drug into the region from 2016 to 2017, were sentenced yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen announced.

Rondale Faulkner, 31, was sentenced yesterday to nine years in federal prison. George Christopher Faulkner, 29, was sentenced yesterday to seven years in federal prison. Both previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin.

“As this successful prosecution illustrates, our office is committed to working with our state and local partners to target those who distribute heroin and other dangerous drugs,” United States Attorney Cullen stated today. “Six individuals who were dealing heroin in Culpeper are now in federal prison.”

In all, six members of the conspiracy have been convicted in federal court for distributing more than 100 grams of heroin in the Culpeper region beginning in 20016 and continuing through 2017.

According to information presented at previous hearings, investigators and confidential sources working with the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force made purchases of heroin from members of the conspiracy at various locations throughout Culpeper. During these transactions, several of the defendants, including Rondale and George Faulkner, were observed to be in possession of firearms.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Town of Culpeper Police Department and the Virginia State Police Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force with Assistance from the Culpeper County Commonwealth’s Attorney.  Assistant United States Attorney Ronald M. Huber and Special Assistant United States Attorney Rachel Swartz are prosecuting the case for the United States.

Updated May 1, 2018

Drug Trafficking