By Wesley Edwards

Terell Strand of Accomack was in Accomack County Circuit Court for trial Wednesday on charges of a third offense of multiple distributions of cocaine. The charges carry a maximum of three life sentences, a $1.5 million fine, plus court costs. The trial was originally scheduled for a jury trial but the Commonwealth announced a plea agreement had been negotiated after two hours of negotiation. The agreement reduced the three counts to second offense charges which carry a minimum of three years on each count in exchange for a guilty plea.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Foltz told the court that on November 30, 2016, the Eastern Shore Drug Task Force was in Accomack County and sent a confidential informant to the local Walmart parking lot to make a $240 cocaine purchase from Terell Strand. Another similar transaction occurred on December 5, 2016 for $180 worth of cocaine.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Spencer Morgan told the court that subsequently a search warrant was issued for Strand’s home at 24635 Mary N. Smith Road in Accomack where cocaine and a large amount of cash were recovered. Morgan stated that the primary reason for the plea agreement was to protect the confidential informant.

Judge Revel Lewis accepted the guilty plea on all three counts and sentenced Strand to 3 years on each charge for a total of 9 years remanding him to the Sheriff’s Depart for transport to the state prison. Strand was arrested on October 31, 2017 and charged with attempted murder for hire as a result of a shooting that took place at 14162 Linhaven Circle near Craddockville. That case has not yet been scheduled for trial.