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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Friday, a Locust Grove man pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute oxycodone. According to Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, 38-year-old Ralph Caldwell sold drugs outside of the day care center that his wife owned and operated in Dumfries.

According to court records, from January 2011 to March 2014, Caldwell distributed oxycodone to customers throughout Prince William County. Caldwell and others used the area near the Little Angels Day Care to sell oxycodone and arrange transactions. Caldwell told a co-conspirator, who was the parent of a child at the day care and one of Caldwell's supplier. that payment for childcare services could be rendered in the form of a negotiated amount of oxycodone.

Friday, Caldwell's plea was accepted by a U.S. district judge. As part of the statement of facts entered with the plea, Caldwell admitted that he conspired to distribute oxycodone and that he sold oxycodone to a confidential informant three times in February 2014 at locations within Dumfries and Triangle.

Caldwell was indicted on May 8 on charges of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and distribution of oxycodone. Caldwell now faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced on September 5.

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