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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Virginia

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Pair of Culpeper Heroin Traffickers Sentenced in Federal Court

April Sherman and David Boyce Will Both Serve Time in Federal Prison

Charlottesville, VIRGINIA – A pair of defendants who were part of a larger conspiracy to distribute heroin in and around Culpeper were sentenced yesterday in federal court in Charlottesville, United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced.

April Christine Sherman, 35, of Tidewater, Va., and David Lee Boyce, 38, of Culpeper, Va., were each sentenced to serve 84 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release. Both pleaded guilty on December 18, 2017, to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  In all, six members of the conspiracy have been prosecuted as a result of an undercover investigation of heroin trafficking in the Culpeper area.

United States Attorney Mountcastle commended the Drug Enforcement Administration, the County of Culpeper Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force for the investigation, and Culpeper County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Walther for his assistance.  Assistant United States Attorney Ronald M. Huber and Special Assistant United States Attorney Rachel Swartz are prosecuting the case for the United States.

Updated March 22, 2018