Abingdon Residents Sentenced to Fourteen Years Imprisonment for Manufacturing Methamphetamine
ABINGDON, VIRGINIA -- United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy announced today that Travis Dewayne Crasten a/k/a “Tater”, age 31, and Jessica Michelle Morefield, age 26, both of Abingdon, Va., were sentenced in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon to serve fourteen years in prison for their involvement in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Following their convictions by a jury on October 17, 2012, Crasten and Morefield were each ordered to serve 168 months imprisonment and serve eight years supervised release for one count of conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, one count of manufacturing methamphetamine, one count of maintaining a place for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine, and one count of purchasing pseudoephedrine for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine. Previously, co-defendant Timothy Doss was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and co-defendant Kelli Nicole Harris was sentenced to 51 months imprisonment following their guilty pleas to one count of conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
According to evidence presented at trial and other hearing by Assistant United States Attorney Zachary T. Lee, Drug Enforcement Administration agents began investigating large quantities of pseudoephedrine being purchased by Crasten, Moorefield, Doss, and Long in Abingdon, Bristol, Virginia, and Bristol, Tennessee, beginning in November 2011 and continuing through February 2012. On February 23, 2012, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Abingdon Police Department and Virginia State Police executed a search warrant at Crasten and Moorefield’s residence on Sugarbush Lane in Abingdon, Virginia. Agents found Crasten, Moorefield, Doss and Long in the residence, a red phosphoreus methamphetamine lab, and approximately nine grams of methamphetamine.
The investigation of this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Abingdon Police Department and Virginia State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Zachary T. Lee of the United States Attorney’s Office in Abingdon prosecuted the case.