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Mount Jackson Man Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Charge

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

HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA – United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced today the guilty plea of a Mount Jackson man to a federal cocaine charge.

Victor Enrique Velez-Sellas, 31, of Mount Jackson, Va., waived his right to be indicted and pled guilty yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Harrisonburg to one count of conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

“It is a priority of the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute those individuals who distribute illegal drugs in our communities,” United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. said today.

According to evidence presented at yesterday’s guilty plea hearing by Assistant United States Attorney Jeb Terrien, between 2013 and February 2015 Velez-Sellas participated in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine. The defendant often obtained drugs from sources in Puerto Rico, North Carolina and West Virginia. He then sold the drugs, or provided them on consignment, to other drug dealers located in and around Winchester, Virginia.

Velez-Sellas was arrested on February 18, 2015 by law enforcement officer on Interstate 81 in Frederick County, Virginia while the defendant was in the process of traveling to make a sale of cocaine. At the time of his arrest, the defendant was in possession of a digital scale, a Ruger P89 9mm pistol and 568.2 grams of cocaine.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Jeb Terrien is prosecuting the case for the United States.

Updated February 23, 2016

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