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Leesburg man pleads guilty to distributing Oxycodone

A Leesburg man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone, a crime that led to the death of a 20-year-old man.

George Washington Crane, 48, admitted to purchasing Oxycodone multiple times a week between 2008 and 2011 from sources in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Md. Crane then took the drugs to Leesburg, where he sold the pills to high school students and recent high school graduates. He sold the drugs from both his home and car multiple times daily.

On Aug. 7, 2010, Crane sold Oxycodone to a conspirator, who then distributed the drugs to 20-year-old William Huff. Huff died the following day after injecting the Oxycodone.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and the FBI's Washington Field Office collaborated in investigating the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam B. Schwartz is prosecuting the case.

Neil MacBride, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Washington field office; and Mike Chapman, Loudoun County Sheriff, announced Crane's plea Sept. 11, after U.S. District Judge Liam O'Grady accepted the deal.

Crane will be sentenced Dec. 20 and faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.


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