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Big Stone Gap Man Sentenced for Role in Methamphetamine Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Virginia
Gregory Miller Sentenced to 180 Months in Federal Prison

ABINGDON, Va. – A Big Stone Gap, Virginia man, who conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine in Southwest Virginia, was sentenced last week to 180 months in federal prison.

Gregory Miller, 47, pleaded guilty in September 2022 to one count of conspiring to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, one count of distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to court documents, between October 1, 2021 and April 2022, Miller was the source of supply of methamphetamine for a wide-range of drug dealers in and around the Wise County, Virginia area.

Miller regularly bought pounds of methamphetamine at a time from sources in West Virginia and Virginia before re-distributing it to co-conspirators for resale in Southwest Virginia. Miller sold “ice” methamphetamine, which is more than 97 percent pure.  Law enforcement conducted three controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Miller immediately before his arrest, and a search of his residence in Big Stone Gap revealed three firearms and numerous rounds of ammunition, even though he was a felon with multiple prior convictions at the time.

United States Attorney Christopher R. Kavanaugh of the Western District of Virginia made the announcement.

The Southwest Virginia Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force, comprised of the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, the Big Stone Gap Police Department, the Norton Police Department, the Virginia State Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lena L. Busscher prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated March 29, 2023

Drug Trafficking