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Ashburn crack dealer sentenced to seven years in prison

Gilberto Carlos McFarlane
A 58-year-old Ashburn man was sentenced to seven years in prison July 22 for selling crack cocaine in Loudoun County.

Gilberto Carlos McFarlane was sentenced for possession with intent to distribute a schedule I or II controlled substance and distribution of a schedule I or II controlled substance by Judge Stephen E. Sincavage in Loudoun County Circuit Court.

In late October 2015, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office became aware a dealer was selling crack in Loudoun County.

After identifying McFarlane as the dealer, detectives arranged for a confidential informant to buy about $500 worth of crack from McFarlane. The transaction was captured on an audio recording device.

McFarlane was arrested after law enforcement saw him selling narcotics in December 2015.

A search warrant executed on McFarlane’s Ashburn home yielded a safe containing money, a digital scale, cellphone and five bags of crack. An analysis by the Virginia Department of Forensic Science revealed that the bags contained 72.16 grams of crack, estimated to have a street value of about $7,200.

McFarlane’s prior criminal history dates back to 1984 and includes three prior convictions for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, one prior conviction for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, convictions for felony credit card fraud, a weapons charge involving a machine gun and numerous other misdemeanor offenses.

Judge Sincavage also imposed an additional 10 years of suspended penitentiary time. Upon his release from incarceration, McFarlane will be placed on five years of supervised probation.

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