Press Release H. Fuller Cridlin Regarding Phillip Ray Warner

Commonwealth’s Attorney for Lee County, H. Fuller Cridlin has released the following statement in regards to repeat offender Phillip Ray Warner, who was sentenced last week to serve a total of sixteen years for multiple methamphetamine distribution charges:
“Phillip Ray Warner, of Pennington Gap, will serve a total of sixteen years in the Virginia State Penitentiary for charges of distribution of methamphetamine, third offense, and possession of more than twenty grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. The defendant had previously been convicted of two distribution charges in 2007.
The outcome in these cases, are the result of a lot of hard work by many different law enforcement officers and agencies. The lengthy sentences imposed, reflects the excellent investigation work, communication, and collaboration between the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force and my office.
All law enforcement officers involved in the investigation and arrest of this defendant were outstanding. I particularly appreciate the efforts of Lee County Sheriff’s deputies L.C. Dotson and Dustin Powers, who were instrumental in apprehending the defendant and recovering a large quantity of methamphetamine along with over $1,000 in cash on the defendant’s person and in his vehicle.
My office will continue working closely with investigators to target repeat offenders and major traffickers of methamphetamine in Lee County such as this defendant. In all such cases, we push for lengthy terms of incarceration to punish and deter drug trafficking.”


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