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    Leesburg man sentenced to 12 years for drug distribution


    A Leesburg man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for selling opioids in Loudoun County.

    George Washington Crane V, 48, of Leesburg will spend 12 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Liam O'Grady.

    According to court documents and proceedings, from 2006 to 2012, Crane would purchase Oxycodone from sources in Washington, D.C. He would then bring the drugs into Loudoun, selling primarily in Leesburg and western Loudoun to teenagers and recent graduates. On Aug. 8, 2010, Crane sold drugs to a conspirator, who then distributed the drugs to 20-year-old William Huff. Huff died the next day after injecting the Oxycodone.

    Crane was arrested May, 7, 2013 and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone on Sept. 11 in the federal court's Eastern District of Virginia division.

    “It is gratifying to see Crane held accountable for both drug distribution and the tragic and senseless death of William Huff. I thank our partners at the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for working with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office to bring this case to a successful conclusion,” said Sheriff Mike Chapman at a press conference following the sentencing.

    Chapman was joined by Dana Boente, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Washington field office.

    “We have seen a disturbing increase in the use of opiates and heroin by young people across eastern Virginia,” Boente said. “Crane’s decision to target young people and traffic Oxycodone, an extremely dangerous drug, warrants the 12-year sentence.”


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