Skip to main content
Press Release

Major Lynchburg Drug Dealer Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Virginia
Federal Jury Convicted Quentin Horsley of Distributing Cocaine, Heroin and Meth

LYNCHBURG, Va. – A Lynchburg, Virginia man, who a federal jury convicted in March 2022 of distributing large quantities of heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine, was sentenced today to 30 years in federal prison.

Quentin Lowell Horsley, 38, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, and 100 grams or more of heroin. Additionally, the defendant was convicted of four counts of distribution of cocaine.

According to evidence presented at trial, Horsley led a drug trafficking conspiracy where he was responsible for supplying and facilitating the distribution of substantial quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and marijuana by managing a network of more than 17 drug dealers throughout the Lynchburg regional area.

The investigation culminated when the Lynchburg Police Department executed search warrants at residences used by Horsley and his co-conspirators and found nearly two kilograms of cocaine, nearly a kilogram of heroin, and more than three kilograms of methamphetamine. These narcotics had a street value of more than $1 million.

Horsley’s reach and influence over the Lynchburg region’s drug network was so vast that one co-conspirator wrote in a text, “when you wait, you make the whole city wait.”

United States Attorney Christopher R. Kavanaugh for the Western District of Virginia, Jarod Forget, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Washington Division, and Chief Ryan M. Zuidema of the Lynchburg Police Department made the announcement.

The Lynchburg Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean M. Welsh prosecuted the case.

Updated November 18, 2022

Drug Trafficking