Local man tried on Va. drug charges

Staff Report

March 27, 2014

STUART, Va. — A Mount Airy man has been sentenced to active prison time on drug charges filed in Virginia.

Timothy Joseph King of 875 Brim Road was among 84 area residents indicted in December 2012 as a result of a long-running investigation of major drug activity spearheaded by the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office.

King, who was 47 at the time, was indicted on four counts of distribution of a Schedule I or II controlled substance, and one count each of possession of a Schedule I or II substance while in possession of a firearm and selling a firearm to a felon.

Though the indictments were handed down by a Patrick County grand jury in late 2012, it has taken more than a year for defendants to have their cases disposed of in court.

Convictions were logged against King in a recent session of Patrick County Circuit Court on the series of charges.

He drew prison sentences totaling 45 years, with all but four years and nine months suspended. The Mount Airy man also was fined a total of $2,000 and ordered to pay restitution and court costs. The weapon he possessed that led to one of the convictions was forfeited to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The case involving King’s alleged sale of a firearm to a felon was dismissed by the prosecution.