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Marion Man Pleads Guilty to Large-Scale Meth Trafficking Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Virginia
Brian Cory Hoover Brought Numerous Pounds of Meth into the Commonwealth Since 2021

ABINGDON, Va. – A Marion, Virginia man, who trafficked numerous pounds of methamphetamine from Georgia into Southwest Virginia since 2021, pled guilty in federal court earlier this month.

Brian Cory Hoover, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute as well as distributing 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, and one additional count of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to court documents, twice a month, Hoover routinely transported up to 10 pounds of methamphetamine from Atlanta, Georgia into Southwest Virginia. That methamphetamine was redistributed in Southwest Virginia by Hoover and his co-conspirators Amanda Wain, Travis Farmer, Larry Whittaker, Borve Fisher, and others.  Wain, Farmer, Whittaker, and Fisher have all previously pled guilty in federal court.   

Shortly after law enforcement learned of Hoover’s activities, Hoover fled Virginia and then the United States.  He was apprehended in Mexico in June of this year. 

At sentencing, Hoover faces a sentence of 25 to 30 years. 

United States Attorney Christopher R. Kavanaugh and Special Agent in Charge Stanley M. Meador of the FBI’s Richmond Division made the announcement.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Virginia State Police’s Holston River Regional Drug Task Force, the Smyth County Sheriff’s Office, the Bristol, Tennessee Police Department, the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Whit D. Pierce is prosecuting the case.

Updated September 25, 2023

Drug Trafficking