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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Virginia

For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Dana J. Boente
, United States Attorney
Contact: Deanna Warren

Armed Drug Dealer Sentenced to 16 Years for Third Drug Conviction

NORFOLK, Va. – Myles Eugene Crandle, 33, of Virginia Beach, was sentenced today to 192 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute heroin and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Crandle pleaded guilty on February 9. According to court documents, Crandle, who was convicted on federal drug and gun charges in 2008 and had another state felony drug conviction on his record, was caught by Virginia Beach Police with a stolen handgun in August 2015. Later that summer, Virginia State Police seized over 50 grams of heroin laced with acetyl fentanyl that Crandle had sold to another drug dealer, and found evidence of thousands of dollars in additional heroin transactions between the men. The second dealer, Henry Lee Giddens, pleaded guilty to the same heroin conspiracy and to possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison on April 27.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Michael F. Boxler, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Office; and Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Superintendent of Virginia State Police, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson. Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Bosse prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:15-cr-158.

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