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Georgia Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Trafficking Methamphetamine into Smyth County

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

ABINGDON, Va.– A Georgia man, who was convicted in February 2022 for conspiring to traffic methamphetamine from Georgia into Southwest Virginia, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.

Jerada “Rod” Henderson, 40, of Locust Grove, Georgia, was convicted by a jury in February 2022 on one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

Henderson was arrested by the Smyth County Sheriff’s Office in October 2018 after law enforcement executed a search warrant on a home in Saltville, Virginia.  Law enforcement found Henderson in the home, owned by Henderson’s co-conspirators, along with over 450 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a firearm, and ammunition. 

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 announced the conviction today.

The investigation was conducted by the Smyth County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

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

Updated August 5, 2022