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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Defendant Sentenced in Methamphetamine Conspiracy

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – Another member of a methamphetamine conspiracy that trafficked large quantities of the drug from Atlanta, Georgia to Southwest Virginia, was sentenced today in the United States District for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced.

Matthew Charles Blevins, 35, previously guilty to one count of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. Today in District Court, Blevins was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison.

“This prosecution made major strides in stemming the tide of methamphetamine being trafficked into Southwest Virginia from places outside of the Commonwealth,” United States Attorney Fishwick said today. “We will continue to work with our partners in law enforcement, both here in Virginia, and elsewhere, to dismantle these large-scale trafficking organizations.”

According to evidence presented at previous hearings by Assistant United States Attorney Zachary T. Lee, Blevins was part of a methamphetamine conspiracy that trafficked and distributed multiple pounds of crystal methamphetamine between Atlanta, Georgia, Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

To date, more than ten other individuals have pled guilty to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine as part of the investigation.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Bristol, Virginia Police Department, the Bristol, Tennessee Police Department, the Abingdon Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Zachary T. Lee prosecuted the case for the United States.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated November 16, 2016