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Winchester Man Sentenced On Heroin Conspiracy Charges

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

Harrisonburg, VIRGINIA – A Winchester man, who routinely traveled to Baltimore and brought back large quantities of heroin to Winchester for distribution, was sentenced yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Harrisonburg, Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced.


Joshua Dillon Burkhart, 27, of Winchester, Va., was sentenced yesterday to 108 months in federal prison. Burkhart previously pled guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin.


According to evidence presented by Assistant United States Attorney Erin M. Kulpa, should this matter have gone to trial, the United States would have proven beyond a reasonable doubt, that from approximately June 2014 and October 2014, Burkhart, and others, participated in a conspiracy to traffic large amounts of heroin from Baltimore to Winchester. Burkhart distributed at least 1,000 grams of heroin in the Winchester area during this time, using the previously convicted Christopher Giles, and others, as his Baltimore sources of supply.


Throughout the life of the conspiracy, Burkhart traveled to Baltimore one or two times per month to purchase heroin. He paid $100 per gram of heroin and the most he ever purchased per trip was 110 grams of heroin.


Burkhart sold heroin to customers in and around Winchester in quantities ranging from one-half gram to one gram per sale. He sold the heroin for $240 per gram. Burkhart knew that some of his customers were sub-distributors.


The investigation of the case was conducted by Drug Enforcement Administration and the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force, which is comprised of the Virginia State Police, the Winchester Police Department, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, the Front Royal Police Department, the Strasburg Police Department, the Page County Sheriff’s Office, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, and the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Erin M. Kulpa prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated June 2, 2017