Jury Convicts Loudoun County Man on Drug Charges, Sets 12-year Sentence

Jury Convicts Loudoun County Man on Drug Charges, Sets 12-year Sentence

A Loudoun County man who already had a long record of convictions for drugs, driving under the influence and assault was found guilty June 5 in Loudoun County Circuit Court of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
The jury took only about a hour to find Christopher Bryant, 29, guilty and another 45 minutes to recommend a sentence of 12 years in jail.
Bryant, whose prior criminal history includes two convictions for felony possession with intent to distribute marijuana in Loudoun County, conspiracy to distribute oxycodone in Federal Court, two DUIs, and a domestic assault and battery, will return to Circuit Court June 18 for a final sentencing hearing.
According to evidence presented at the trial, Bryant was one of three occupants of a vehicle who were observed by Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies to be involved in a physical altercation on March 15, 2017.
Deputies found a digital scale in Bryant’s pocket and a backpack containing more than 10 ounces of marijuana divided into four plastic bags. Three of the bags were vacuum sealed.
Inside Bryant’s backpack, deputies also found 64, 1-inch-by-1-inch plastic bags and 44 sandwich-sized bags. A forensic examination of Bryant’s cell phone revealed at least four separate text message exchanges discussing the sale of marijuana on March 15.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Shamis introduced text message transcripts, cell phone photos, ownership information for the cell phone, marijuana, Bryant’s backpack, digital scale, and bags that are consistent with marijuana distribution into evidence during the one day trial.
A narcotics detective also testified as an expert in marijuana distribution during the trial.

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