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Florida Man Sentenced for Role in Methamphetamine Conspiracy

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

ABINGDON, Va. – A West Palm Beach, Florida man who formerly lived in Georgia was sentenced today to 168 months in federal prison for his role in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy that trafficked the drug from Atlanta into Lee and Wise counties in Virginia.

Eric Matthew Glass, 36, pleaded guilty in October 2021 to one count of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.  

According to court documents, between July 2019 and December 2020, Glass conspired with others to  distribute methamphetamine throughout Lee and Wise counties in Virginia.  Glass was living in Atlanta at the time and was the primary source of supply in the charged conspiracy.  He sold multi-kilogram quantities of methamphetamine at a time to his Virginia co-conspirators, for approximately $12,000 per kilogram.  The methamphetamine was then taken back to Wise and Lee counties for further distribution.  On at least one occasion, Glass instructed co-conspirator Daniel Rowland to wire money from the Food City in Wise, Virginia, to four persons located in Mexico, to pay for methamphetamine Rowland had obtained through Glass.

Co-conspirators  Justin Cress and Cory Hammond were each previously sentenced to 135 months incarceration for their roles in the conspiracy. Co-conspirators Daniel Rowland, Jessica Robey, and Jonathan Rollins will be sentenced later this month.

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, the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force, and the Virginia State Police investigated the case, with assistant from the United States Marshal’s Service.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lena Busscher prosecuted the case. 

Updated January 12, 2022