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Defendant not entitled to drug sentence safety valve (access required)

A defendant is not entitled to relief from mandatory three-year minimum sentences for his  convictions of cocaine distribution offenses because the evidence showed he possessed a firearm during the time that controlled buys were made at his home. Overview Under Code § 18.2-248(C), a person guilty of second-offense cocaine distribution may be sentenced to five years to ...