Last member of heroin distribution ring sentenced to two years

The last of seven defendants in a conspiracy to sell large amounts of heroin around Winchester was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to two years in prison and five years of probation.

Christopher Haack, 29, of Winchester, pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute between 101 and 399 grams of heroin. He also pleaded guilty to one count of possessing heroin with intent to distribute and distribution of the drug.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy said in a written statement after the hearing that heroin sales and use have reached “epidemic levels in parts of Virginia.”

“We will continue to work to reverse this disturbing trend through rigorous law enforcement, as well as education, prevention and treatment programs,” Heaphy said.

Haack’s six co-defendants in the case received sentences earlier this year ranging from 10 years to 21/2 years in prison.