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Hampton man sentenced to 22 years for drug charges, connection to overdose death

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Posted at 4:28 PM, Jan 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-13 16:28:08-05

Hampton, Va. – A 47-year-old Hampton man will spend the next 22 years behind bars after officials say he conspired to distribute heroin and fentanyl and caused an overdose death.

Benjamin Frank Barrett, Jr., pleaded guilty on October 5th, 2015.

Court documents say Barrett was the leader and organizer of a heroin drug trafficking organization that operated on the Peninsula.

Officials say Barrett and his runners sold fentanyl, which is also called “China White.”

Documents say Robert Shedd, 49, of Newport News died on June 12 of an overdose. They say the drugs he took were sold to him by Barrett.

Barrett was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release after his prison time is served.