Man pleads guilty to large-scale marijuana distribution

Roger Dellinger

WOODSTOCK — An Edinburg man pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony marijuana distribution and manufacturing charges as part of a plea agreement.

Roger Lee Dellinger, 54, sold an ounce of marijuana for $400 in January 2016 to a confidential informant equipped with an audio recording device. Law enforcement with the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force conducted surveillance of the entire transaction, Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley said during Wednesday’s hearing.

Then, in April 2016, a search warrant executed on Dellinger’s Edinburg home led to the discovery of five marijuana plants, smoking devices, hydromorphone pills, and a total of 272 grams of marijuana in multiple bags. Officers also seized $450 at his home.

Dellinger pleaded guilty to selling more than a half ounce but less than five pounds of marijuana, marijuana manufacturing and possession of hydromorphone. He was sentenced to serve nine months of a nine-year sentence as part of the plea agreement. He will also have to complete three years of supervised probation and one year of unsupervised probation.

The prosecution dismissed three other drug-related charges as part of the agreement. Dellinger is required to pay $800 in restitution to the Virginia State Police from his drug transactions. He must also forfeit the $450 seized in his house during the search. Dellinger is set to report to Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on Nov. 6.