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Front Royal man pleads guilty to heroin distribution

FRONT ROYAL — A local man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to heroin and imitation heroin distribution charges as part of a plea agreement.

Japeth Daniel Chunn, 27, sold imitation heroin to a confidential informant for $60 on March 2, 2016 in Front Royal, and sold actual heroin to the same informant the next day for $60, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Fleming said. The lab analyses  showed that the first sample contained no controlled substances, while the second sample contained heroin, Fleming noted. Chunn told the informant during the second transaction — after a discussion of the previous day’s drugs — that the drugs on the second day were real, Fleming said.

The case was originally set for a bench trial on Tuesday, but Fleming said that several prosecution witnesses were never served their subpoenas to appear that day, which was the main reason for the agreement. A third charge alleging another heroin transaction was dismissed as part of the agreement.

Circuit Judge Clifford L. Athey accepted the plea agreement. Chunn was given a seven-year suspended sentence and must complete two years of supervised probation. The sentencing guidelines recommend alternative punishment for Chunn. His completion of probation without jail time complies with those guidelines.  Chunn must also pay $120 in restitution to Virginia State Police from the two transactions.

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