Thirty-Three Individuals Charged on Sixty-Two Counts

In a recent Press Release statement concerning thirty three people who were indicted on sixty-two counts of offenses involving the distribution of illegal narcotics, with the vast majority charged with Distribution of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine.
The effort is the result of a year-long investigation by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Lee County Commonwealths Attorney’s Office, and the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force. With this investigation they attempted to narrow their focus to traffickers moving the largest quantities of Methamphetamine in Lee County. None of the individuals involved in this roundup are charged with minor possession offenses. All individuals are charged with Distribution and/or Conspiracy to Distribute and were targeted based on reliable information developed through hundreds of hours of interviews, undercover work and surveillance.
As a result of solid investigative work and communication between investigators and prosecutors, many individuals charged now face enhanced penalties including lengthy mandatory minimum sentences based on the quantity of Methamphetamine distributed and/or previous convictions.
They commend all law enforcement officers and prosecutors involved with the investigation, but their work will not be done until all the individuals charged are brought to justice.
Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons stated that, “I’d say four out five cars we stop for Probable Cause likely have meth in it. It never has been as bad as a problem since I’ve been here as it is now.”
Authorities say most of the street meth is crystallized and of high quality, with most of the supply coming from out of state and out of the country.

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