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Prior convictions fell within definition of ‘controlled substances’ (access required)

The court rejected defendant’s objection to his sentence, finding prior Virginia convictions for possessing heroin with intent to distribute fell within the definition of crimes involving “controlled substances,” thus implicating the career-offender provision of the sentencing guidelines. Background Timothy A. Ward was charged with knowingly, intentionally and unlawfully distributing a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount ...