Giles County jury recommends 30 years, $20K fine for man found guilty of drug possession, distribution

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Melvin "Beaver" Chapman was found guilty of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance on Wednesday, Feb. 12 in Giles County. (Photo: Courtesy Rich Creek Police Department)

Melvin “Beaver” Chapman was found guilty of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance on Wednesday, Feb. 12 in Giles County. (Photo: Courtesy Rich Creek Police Department)

GILES COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — If it were up to the jury, a man would spend the 30 years in prison and pay a $20,000 fine after being convicted for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance in Giles County on Wednesday.

According to authorities, Melvin “Beaver” Chapman was arrested at the Budget Inn in Rich Creek on Oct. 23, 2018 after a joint operation between the Rich Creek Police Department, the Pembroke Police Department, the Giles County Sheriff’s Office, the Giles County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, and the Virginia Department of Corrections.

The Rich Creek Police Department says that Chapman was found guilty of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance in the Giles County Circuit Court on Wednesday, Feb. 12. After reaching a guilty verdict, the jury reportedly recommended a 30 year prison sentence and a fine of $20,000 for Chapman.

The department says Chapman is currently being held at the New River Regional Jail in Dublin while waiting for his final sentencing on July 8 in the Giles County Circuit Court.

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