Strasburg man pleads guilty to drug charges

FRONT ROYAL — A Strasburg man pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of cocaine distribution as part of a plea agreement.

Jermaine Bershawn Tigney, 33, sold crack cocaine to a confidential informant equipped with an audio recording device on three separate incidents in 2014. On each occasion, the informant would drive around Front Royal with Tigney and complete the transaction. Tigney earned $200 in these monitored transactions.

The charges originally noted that it would have been Tigney’s second or subsequent offense for cocaine distribution after a prior conviction, but the charges were amended under the terms of the agreement to allow it to be treated as if it were the first offense. He was also charged with one count of marijuana distribution, but the prosecution dismissed that charge as part of the plea agreement.

Tigney was sentenced to serve three years of a 15-year sentence under the terms of the agreement, and must complete one year of supervised probation upon his release. He is set to report to Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on Nov. 6.