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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Elkton Man Sentenced on Methamphetamine Charge

Second Man Pleads Guilty to Related Drug Charge

HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA – A pair of men who were pulled over in Shenandoah County and found to be in possession of methamphetamine were in United States District Court in Harrisonburg today, one for a sentencing hearing and one to plead guilty, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced.

Ernest Wayne Good, 35, of Elkton, Virginia, who previously pled guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, was sentenced today in District Court to 68 months in federal prison.  

In a separate hearing based on related conduct, Blake Morgan Stroop, of Elkton, Virginia, pled guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

“We will continue to be vigilant in our enforcement of our drug laws,” United States Attorney Fishwick said today. “This case is a prime example of a law enforcement officers performing their jobs at the highest levels.”

According to evidence presented at previous hearings by Assistant United States Attorney Jeb Terrien, on October 12, 2015, officers in Shenandoah County stopped a rental vehicle drive by Good, in which Stroop was the passenger. After smelling marijuana and Good admitting to smoking “a little while ago,” officers searched Good and Stroop and found various items, including methamphetamine and firearms, among other items.

Later, on November 13, 2005, in Elkton, Virginia Stroop and Good were again apprehended by law enforcement. On this occasion Stroop was found in possession of a large amount of methamphetamine, approximately $11,070, and a loaded .380 caliber pistol with an obliterated serial number. Good was also found in possession of methamphetamine.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the RUSH Drug Task Force, Elkton Police Department, and Strasburg Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jeb Terrien prosecuted the case for the United States.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated December 2, 2016