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Woodstock man pleads guilty to cocaine distribution

WOODSTOCK — Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp accepted a plea agreement Wednesday in the cocaine distribution case against a local man and sentenced the defendant to more than a year in prison.

Wilberto Valentin-Ibarrondo, 29, pleaded guilty to five of the 11 cocaine distribution charges he was facing, and  the prosecution dropped the other six charges as part of the plea agreement. On 11 separate occasions in November and December of 2015, Valentin-Ibarrondo sold $2,400 worth of cocaine to a confidential informant.

The drug transactions were for half-gram bags for $50 each, and during many transactions, Valentin-Ibarrondo sold 10 bags at a time to the informant. All of the transactions took place on Reservoir Road in Woodstock.

Valentin-Ibarrondo was sentenced to a total of 25 years imprisonment with all but one year and four months suspended. A $2,500 fine was imposed, but also suspended.

Upon his release from prison, Valentin-Ibarrondo must complete three years of supervised probation that will be followed by two years of unsupervised probation. He must also pay $2,400 in restitution to the Virginia State Police for the money taken in the drug transactions.

The agreement also calls for a delay in reporting to jail so that Valentin-Ibarrondo will be able to apply for work release before turning himself in, which Hupp authorized. He is expected to report to Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on Aug. 23.

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