Man pleads guilty to heroin distribution

FRONT ROYAL — A man pleaded guilty to two counts of the distribution of heroin in Warren County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Eric Allen Bly, 46, agreed to a plea deal that called for him to plead guilty to both offenses. In return, the prosecution dropped an additional charge of failure to appear before the court.

The court opted not to sentence Bly for his charges, but to join them with two separate, active distribution of heroin charges in the Winchester Circuit Court.

According to the Winchester Circuit Court online database, Bly is scheduled to enter a plea for those charges.

According to a statement of the evidence from Assistant Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Fleming, the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force set up a transaction between Bly and a confidential informant on Oct. 29, 2015.

The two met at the Wal-Mart in Warren County, where Bly sold the informant a substance that later tested positive for heroin.

The task force then set up another buy with a confidential informant at the intersection of Mountain Heights Road and Highridge Road. There, Bly again sold the informant a substance that tested positive for heroin.

The accused’s attorney, John Bell, did not object to the reading of the evidence.

Bly is scheduled to appear for his sentencing at 9 a.m., March 17 in Winchester Circuit Court. Defense attorney David Hensley will represent Bly.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com