Crack dealer gets two years

Payton Glenn Baugher

Payton Glenn Baugher

WOODSTOCK – A Front Royal man pleaded guilty to distributing crack cocaine in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

Payton Glenn Baugher, 48, was sentenced to five years in jail with all but two suspended, which he will serve concurrently with jail sentences from neighboring counties.

According to a summary of the evidence provided by Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley, on April 2, 2015, Baugher picked up a confidential informant, who was equipped with marked Virginia State Police funds and a concealed recording device. He arranged to serve as a middleman on a crack buy between an unnamed woman and the informant.

Baugher picked up the informant and took him to the Pilot Travel Center in Toms Brook, and then to the Love’s Travel Shop, where the informant gave Baugher money to purchase the drugs, Wiseley said.

There, Baugher met a woman who sold him $50 of crack cocaine. Baugher then smoked some himself, and gave some to the informant, Wiseley said. The informant gave the drugs to the Virginia State Police who later determined the substance was in fact cocaine.

Crack cocaine is cocaine refined into a crystalline rock form.

Representing Baugher, John Bell, did not object to the summary of the evidence, though he noted the light sentence comes from a sense of “equity” given Baugher’s other sentences, and several oddities within the case.

Bell said among other issues, the informant lost $50 of the police funds that were never accounted for.

Following his release, Baugher will serve three years of supervised probation followed by two years of unsupervised probation.

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

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