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Joint Operation Results in Indictments

Danville Commonwealth Attorney's Office, Danville PD, ATF And United States Attorney's Office Have Charged Seven With Federal Drug and Gun Offenses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 24, 2011

DANVILLE, VIRGINIA -- United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy and Commonwealth Attorney for the City of Danville, Michael J. Newman, announced today the results of a joint operation between the United States Attorney’s Office, the Danville Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the City of Danville Police Department, which resulted in the return of four federal indictments charging seven individuals with federal drug and gun crimes. In addition, nine individuals were arrested and charged with state drug and gun charges.

“These indictments demonstrate the results possible when federal and local law enforcement work together,” United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said today. “We commend ATF and the Danville Police Department for their cooperative work to rid the Danville area of illegal guns and drugs.”

The four federal indictments, returned under seal on August 18 and unsealed today following the defendants’ initial court appearances, charge the following:

Indictment I

• Hart Jameson Gillespie, 26, of Danville, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methadone, three counts of distributing methadone, two counts of being a previously convicted felon illegally in possession of a firearm and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

• Christine Spencer Minter, 46, of Danville has been charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methadone, three counts of distributing methadone and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Indictment II

• Lee Sterling Williams Jr., 40, of Danville, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and four counts of distributing crack cocaine.

• Wallace Garnett Saunders, II, of Ringgold, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and three counts of distributing crack cocaine.

Indictment III

• Yolanda Renee Boyd, 38, of Danville, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute OxyContin, oxycodone and methadone, two counts of distributing oxycodone, two counts of distributing methadone, two counts of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and two counts of being a previously convicted felon illegally in possession of a firearm.

• Shannon Nachelle Greene, 32, of Danville, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute OxyContin, oxycodone and methadone, two counts of distributing oxycodone, two counts of distributing methadone, two counts of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Indictment IV

• Corey L. Broadnax, 39, of Danville, has been charged with one count of being a previously convicted felon illegally in possession of a firearm.

The investigations were conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the City of Danville Police Department, the U.S. Marshal Service and the City of Danville Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. Assistant United States Attorneys Thomas Cullen, Daniel Bubar and Ashley Neese, along with Special Assistant United States Attorney Rory Diamond are prosecuting the cases for the United States.

A Grand Jury indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. These defendants are entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

 

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