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A James City County man took a plea deal Friday for a distribution of marijuana charge that called for a 10-year jail sentence.
Eight of the 10 years were suspended for Quang Phuong Nguyen, who had more than 5 pounds of weed and more than $7,000 from weed-related dealings in his home, authorities said.
By pleading guilty to felony distribution of marijuana, Nguyen had a felony charge of transporting more than 5 pounds of marijuana into Virginia against him dropped Friday.
Police officers from the Tri-Rivers Drug Task Force, an agency consisting of local and state investigators, staked out Nguyen’s home in August after receiving information from the Virginia State Police about a package containing marijuana that was en route to Nguyen.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Gaten said officers intercepted the package and delivered it to Nguyen’s home while undercover.
The officers left the package outside the door and waited, eventually catching Nguyen retrieving the package and taking it outside to a shed in his backyard.
Officers then arrested Nguyen and found 5 pounds of marijuana, a firearm and $7,000 in cash in the home, Gaten said.
A possession of a firearm charge was dropped in November at a preliminary hearing.