Smith sentenced on drug charge

Published 5:09 pm Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A Kenbridge man was recently sentenced to seven months in jail for felony distribution of cocaine.

Rondreyvous V. Smith, 26, of Varick Chapel Road, was sentenced in Lunenburg County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to one felony of distribution of cocaine, the local prosecutor said. An additional nine years and five months was suspended upon numerous conditions.

Lunenburg County Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Clement said the local narcotics task force, under the direction of Lunenburg County Deputy Sheriff Adam Martin, purchased $100 in cocaine from Smith on March 21, 2014, as part of an undercover operation.

Smith was not the original target but when the primary target declined to sell to the undercover operative, Smith stepped in and sold two small plastic baggies of cocaine, Clement said.

The task force waited over a year until other operations were completed before Smith was indicted on Feb. 2.  He was not located to be arrested

until Oct. 21.

His sentence — of which Smith will serve 85 percent — is within the sentencing guidelines, Clement said. This is Smith’s first felony conviction, and his only misdemeanor conviction was a drunk in public offense in 2013 in Nelson County, Clement said.

The nine years and five months that were suspended were upon conditions of good behavior, supervised probation once he’s released, warrantless searches and seizures, counseling and restitution of $100.