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Pair That Distributed Heroin are Sentenced

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

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – A pair of Roanoke men, who previously pled guilty to distributing heroin, were sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced.

Benjamin Moore Garnette, 31, of Roanoke, Va., previously pled guilty to one count of distributing heroin and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Today in District Court, Garnette was sentenced to 137 months in federal prison.  

Keith Holland, 39, of New Jersey, previously pled guilty to one count of possession with the intent to distribute heroin. Today in District Court, Holland was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison.

“The heroin epidemic continues to pose real challenges to our communities, law enforcement agencies, but most importantly to those addicted to this awful drug,” United States Attorney Fishwick said today. “We will continue to vigorously enforce our drug laws while offering support for prevention and treatment programs looking to help those addicted to heroin and other drugs.”

According to evidence presented at previous hearings, Holland and Garnette maintained a home on Dale Avenue in the City of Roanoke that police believed was used for the distribution of heroin. During an August 13, 2015 search of the home, conducted after police obtained a search warrant, police discovered approximately 1,800 dosages units (54 grams of heroin) and several firearms.

Updated August 22, 2016

Drug Trafficking