Dealer sentenced in drug case

Published 12:28 pm Saturday, November 7, 2015

An Isle of Wight County man was sentenced to 10 years in a federal prison for his part in drug trafficking, according to a press release this week from Lt. T. Potter of the county Sheriff’s Office.

Corey Lavalle Spratley of Smithfield learned of his punishment on Oct. 16 in the U.S. Federal Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, which is in Norfolk. Chief Judge Rebecca Beach Smith, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, also required Spratley to pay a $200 fine and have 10 years probation beginning after release from prison.

Spratley, 29, had pleaded guilty to the following:

• One count of distribution of cocaine and one count of uses of a firearm in the furtherance of drug trafficking

•Total crack cocaine seized 91 grams

•Total among of powder cocaine seized 73 grams

“As you may recall, Corey Lavelle Spratley was arrested after a three-month investigation [on Nov. 25, 2014] by the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office and the Meherrin Drug Task Force,” wrote Potter. “Based on the amount of narcotics purchased and the involvement of a firearm, the U.S. Attorney agreed to pursue federal charges after conferring with the Isle of Wight County Commonwealth’s Attorney, the Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office and federal agents.

“In addition to the federal charges, items of a personal and financial nature were seized in accordance with Commonwealth of Virginia asset forfeiture guidelines.”

The following were seized: $2,582 in cash, jewelry, a 2003 Isuzu Ascender SUV with a custom hidden trap installed, a Sig 40 caliber handgun and approximately $16,330 in street value of crack and cocaine.

Investigation of the case began in June 2014, and Lenora Denise Artis was also arrested. She was charged with one count of conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine and two counts of child neglect. Artis pleaded guilty in the Isle of Wight Circuit Court, and was sentenced to seven months in the penitentiary, with three years probation and $1,719 in costs.