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Winchester man pleads guilty to cocaine distribution

WOODSTOCK -- A Winchester man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to cocaine distribution as an accommodation after being present during a February drug transaction.

WOODSTOCK — A Winchester man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to cocaine distribution as an accommodation after being present during a February drug transaction.

Bryan Romero, 24, was accompanying Alexander Seal on a cocaine transaction with a confidential informant during the transaction, Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley said during Wednesday’s hearing. Seal pleaded guilty to multiple drug distribution charges in June.

The informant purchased a half ounce of cocaine for $550, Wiseley added, but there was no evidence that Romero benefited financially from the drug transaction. Romero was originally charged with cocaine distribution, but the charge was amended to cocaine distribution as an accommodation as part of the plea agreement. An additional charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine was dismissed as part of the agreement.

Circuit Judge Alexander R. Iden sentenced Romero to serve six months of a five year prison sentence as part of the plea agreement. Romero must also complete three years of supervised probation upon his release, and pay $550 in restitution to Virginia State Police for the drug transaction.

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