- Associated Press - Thursday, January 14, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Hampton man has been sentenced to prison after being convicted of leading a drug ring that led to the death of a man.

Local news outlets report U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson sentenced 47-year-old Benjamin Frank Barrett Jr. Wednesday to 22 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release. A news release from the U.S. Department of Justice states charges included conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl.

The release states Barrett was the leader of a drug trafficking operation that sold heroin and fentanyl to customers in Newport News, Hampton and other nearby cities. In June 2014, 49-year-old Robert Shedd died of a drug overdose from fentanyl that Barrett distributed.

Barrett pleaded guilty in October.

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