On May 19, 2021 Charlotte Circuit Court Judge Kimberly S. White sentenced Jered Cody Pope on 3 charges of distributing methamphetamine second offense in Charlotte County. An additional probation charge was sentenced on the same date. Pope a repeat offender was sentenced to 20 years, with all but 5 years suspended on EACH of the 3 distribution, second offense charges for a total sentenced of 60 years, with all but 15 years suspended. Pope was found guilty of violating the terms and conditions of his probation and the Court revoked the 9 years previously suspended and suspended all but 1 year on the same original terms and conditions. Pope’s total active sentence is 16 years. On the distribution charges, Pope was placed on supervised probation for a period of 3 years upon his release from incarceration, and he was ordered to be of good behavior for a period of 45 years. Pope was ordered to pay $890.00 in restitution to the Virginia State Police BCI Criminal Fund. The charges were the result of an investigation by the Tri-County Drug and Gang Task Force beginning 08/08/2019. The task force conducted three controlled purchases from Pope in Charlotte County. The purchases ranged from 8.1793 grams of methamphetamine valued at $400 to 1.3804 grams of methamphetamine valued at $90. It is estimated that the 8.1793 gram sale represented anywhere from 40-80 doses units of methamphetamine. Pope is currently awaiting trial for threatening the life of a Commonwealth’s witness. The Tri-County Drug and Gang Task Force is comprised of Narcotics Investigators and Special Agents of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, Lunenburg County Sheriff’s Office, and the Virginia State Police Division III Bureau of Criminal Investigation Appomattox Field Office. Aiding in the investigation was the Piedmont Regional Narcotic and Gang Enforcement Task Force and Deputies from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff R.S Freeman and Sheriff Arthur Townsend encourages any individuals with information regarding illegal drug activity to contact the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office at 434-542-5141, Lunenburg County Sheriff’s Office at 434-696-4452, or the Virginia State Police Drug Hot Line at 1-800-553-DOPE (3673).
This article is from The Southside Messenger.