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Kyle Thorpe pleads not guilty to drug charges

Published 10:23am Wednesday, January 15, 2014

 

COURTLAND—A Newsoms man pleaded not guilty to several drug-related charges during his arraignment in Southampton County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Kyle Lee Thorpe, 29, of the 34000 block of Monroe Street, Newsoms, had been arrested July 17 in connection with a May 28 seizure of 99 marijuana plants found in Newsoms. An illegal liquor still was also seized during the search.

Joel Hedgepeth, 28, also of the same address, was taken into custody at the same time. Among other things, Hedgepeth pleaded guilty in September to four counts of selling and distributing marijuana. He is scheduled for sentencing this Thursday, Jan. 16.

Thorpe is charged with two counts of selling and distributing marijuana, conspiring to selling and distributing marijuana, selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a school, and possessing a gun with over one pound of marijuana.

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27, and a trial on Thursday, April 10.

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  • broman

    The number of plants doesn’t matter in VA. He is probably trying to get his charge reduced to possession since there is a 5 year mandatory minimum for manufacture, and 1 year for being close to the school. All this info is available on the NORML site.

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    • jake8313

      The only comment on this thread that appears the author knows what he/she is referencing. Where did the rest of these “conspirators” come up with “you get more for 100 and less time for 99”. That sounds like a load.

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  • ROBERT GREEN

    Not Guilty ??? Sounds like someone is living in a dream world. Time to face the music and do your time. Smart enough to only grow 99 plants but not smart enough to not get caught.

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  • courtland81

    I truly hope the truth is revealed in this case. So many times people pay their way out of the truth and I hope if he is guilty that it is revealed and he is punished accordingly. People need to stand up and take the consequence for their actions more.
    I heard that if you have 100 or more plants it is a larger jail sentence so whoever it was, was smart to only have 99 if they were caught it would be a lesser sentence. Don’t know if this is true, but it is what I was told.

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  • wiskeymike

    Not guilty ??? WOW sounds like the family is going to pay Hedgepeth to confess and take the fall.

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    • cscj27980

      Sounds like not much has changed since I left the county in 2001…

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    • simplifyingit

      I’m glad you said family because while these two may have been the growers, there has to be someone else who was paying the electric bill had to notice the added usage. Someone who helped by buckets, grow lights, and numerous other tasks. You don’t normally just waltz into Lowe’s and buy 198 buckets (from what i could tell in picture) at $4.99 each. It must’ve taken several trips and more than two people.
      I hope i’m not the only one who thinks about these things.

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      • courtland81

        Your not the only one who thinks about those things. Several people I work with have mentioned exactly what you did.

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  • HarleyGurl

    I’m still wondering where the other marijuana plant went!! 99?? Really?? I want to know which cop was the first on the scene!!

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