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Dublin, Virginia Man Sentenced on Drug, Firearms Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Virginia

ABINGDON, Va.– A Dublin, Virginia man, who illegally possessed a pair of firearms and methamphetamine, was sentenced this week to 81 months in federal prison.

Dezmon Harmon, 28, pleaded guilty in August to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, two counts of possession of a firearm which has had the serial number removed, one count of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and one count of possession of a firearm which is not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

According to court documents, on April 29, 2020, authorities attempted to initiate a traffic stop of Harmon in Wythe County, Virginia, but he sped off in his vehicle before exiting and fleeing on foot. Harmon was eventually apprehended by Wythe County deputies and found to be in possession of methamphetamine, a loaded, sawed-off shotgun, and a loaded .40 caliber pistol.

United States Attorney Christopher R. Kavanaugh of the Western District of Virginia and Charlie J. Patterson, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Washington Field Division made the announcement.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. Murphy prosecuted the case.

Updated December 8, 2021