Cocaine dealer sentenced to 12 years

Guillermo Nieves

FRONT ROYAL – A town resident was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to several charges linked to cocaine dealing.

The defendant, Guillermo Nieves, 33, also had his probation revoked from several earlier convictions, which accounted for three years of the 12-year sentence.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Fleming summarized the evidence against Nieves, which included cocaine sold to an undercover law enforcement informant out of 718 Warren Ave. in December 2014.

Law enforcement officials later executed a search warrant at the same address, Fleming said.

“Mr. Nieves was found exiting the bathroom trying to flush drugs down the toilet,” Fleming told Judge Ronald Napier.

Nieves asked if the plea bargain reached by defense attorney Chris Collins and Fleming could allow for him to be placed in a detention and diversion program that imposes less stringent security than a prison but more than a community residential setting.

“Detention diversion was not contemplated, and the commonwealth would be opposed to that,” Fleming replied.

After the sentencing, Nieves sat bent over the defense table shaking his head before deputies escorted him out of the courtroom and back to a holding area.

Nieves is the second defendant in two weeks to be sentenced in Warren County Circuit Court to 12 years in prison, an unusually long sentence for a drug defendant charged under state law.

In addition to 12 years in prison, Nieves’ sentence also included 10 years of probation – five years supervised and five years unsupervised.

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