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Danville man to spend 3 years in prison for selling drugs, guns near DCC, preschool

Keemo Jonathan Lee (Danville City Jail)

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- A Danville man has been sentenced to 37 months, a little over three years, after he pleaded guilty to a series of federal drug and gun charges.

Keemo Jonathan Lee, 23, pleaded guilty in August to selling and possessing cocaine, heroin and illegal firearms.

"As this prosecution indicates, we are committed to working with our federal, state, and local law-enforcement partners through our Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative to reduce violent crime in Danville," U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen stated. "We have made progress towards this goal over the past several months, but will continue our coordinated assault until we achieve a significant and lasting reduction."

According to a statement read in court, officers with the Danville Police Department, utilizing a confidential source, made controlled purchases of cocaine, heroin, and illegal firearms from Lee.

One happened on June 29, 2017 at a gas station just around 300 feet from Danville Community College and 908 feet from Grove Park Preschool’s playground where Lee sold a confidential source 3.2 grams of cocaine and a Smith & Wesson M&P .40 Shield handgun, with ammunition, for $500.

Another happened on June 25, 2017 where Lee sold a confidential source cocaine and a SCCY CPX-1 handgun for $400.

Lee changed the location multiple times, but the actual sale happened 726 feet from Danville Community College.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Danville Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Rachel Swartz prosecuted the case for the United States.

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