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Jury Convicts Wise County Man of Trafficking Methamphetamine from Atlanta into Southwest Virginia

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

ABINGDON, Va. – A federal jury convicted a Wise County man this week of trafficking methamphetamine from Atlanta, Georgia.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Daniel Rowland, 46, had been trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine from a source in Atlanta, Georgia, to southwest Virginia for further distribution.  Rowland was arrested in possession of over two pounds of methamphetamine, $32,500 in U.S. currency, and a loaded 9mm pistol.  Rowland had been wiring money from the Food City grocery in Wise, Virginia, directly to Mexico to pay for methamphetamine he purchased in Atlanta.    

A federal jury convicted Rowland of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, money laundering, use of a communication facility to facilitate a drug crime, and two counts of distributing methamphetamine. 

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 Drug Enforcement Administration, the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force, the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, the Holston River Regional Drug Task Force, and the Virginia State Police investigated the case.

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

Updated November 4, 2021