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      Radford Jury Sentences Martinsville Man to Five Years for Distribution of Cocaine

      Radford, VA - A Martinsville was found guilty in court Friday and sentenced to five years in prison for distribution of cocaine.

      According to the Radford Commonwealth's Attorney office, Darius Dalton was arrested after a controlled buy set up with the Radford City Police Department on October 25.

      During the controlled buy, the Commonwealth's Attorney says $55 of cocaine was sold to investigators using an informant. Investigators tested the drug and confirmed it was cocaine.

      Dalton, 22, is a former Radford University student.

      Dalton and his attorney, Terry Grimes, testified in court that Dalton did not sell any cocaine to the informant.

      The jury deliberated for two hours before finding Dalton guilty of distribution of cocaine.

      At the sentencing phase, the jury recommended the minimum five year sentence for Dalton.

      Dalton had no prior convictions and was immediately taken into custody after the verdict was read.

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