Man gets 12 years in heroin case

FRONT ROYAL – A Front Royal man who pleaded guilty Tuesday in Warren County Circuit Court to possession of heroin with intent to distribute and violation of parole accepted a 12-year prison sentence.

According to a proffer of the evidence provided by the prosecution, Adrian Darnell Edwards, 22, was in line at a 7-Eleven store near Front Royal on Oct. 21, 2015, when a customer noticed something fall from Edwards’ pocket. The customer notified the clerk, who called the police, who then arrested Edwards on drug charges.

Edwards was on probation for prior offenses of possession of Schedule I drugs with intent to distribute at the time.

While accepting the plea agreement, Edwards, clad in an orange and white jail jumpsuit, wavered on admission of guilt.

“If I want to see the light again, I’ve got to go with what they’re recommending,” Edwards told Circuit Judge Ronald Lewis Napier.

However, Edwards went on to concede guilt in the crimes.

Edwards’ possession crimes are not his only conflicts with the law. In 2012, Napier found Edwards guilty of bringing a firearm to school and sentenced him to a year in prison. Then in 2014, Edwards was ordered to serve one year and nine months for multiple drug possession and distribution related charges, along with three years of supervised probation.

Several of Edwards’ friends and family members were in court to hear proceedings and watched as Edwards was led away by officers with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

Edwards’ attorney, Matt Beyrau, declined to comment on the case.

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