Roanoke man sentenced to 5.5 years in prison on federal heroin charges

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ROANOKE (WSLS10) - A Roanoke man has been sentenced to 5.5 years in federal prison on heroin charges.

United States Attorney John Fishwich Jr. announced Dawayne Gibson's sentencing Wednesday.

Gibson pled guilty to the federal drug charges in 2015.

Read the full release below:

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA - United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced today the sentencing of a Roanoke man on federal heroin charges after he pled guilty last year in the United States District Court.

Dawayne Lamar Gibson, 27, of Roanoke, Virginia, pled guilty in December 2015 to one count of conspiring to distribute a measurable quantity of heroin. Today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke, Gibson was sentenced to 66 months in federal prison.

"The Western District of Virginia has seen heroin rip through our communities and tear lives apart," United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. said today. "Those who profit from the addiction of others, like Mr. Gibson, must be held accountable for their actions. However, we must also work to support those organizations helping treat those addicted to this deadly drug."

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Roanoke City Police Department, the Virginia State Police and officials with the Roanoke HIDTA. Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Bassford prosecuted the case for the United States.