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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Virginia

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Methamphetamine Conspirators Sentenced

Robert Bowman and Connie Strouth to Spend Time in Federal Prison

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – Another two members of a conspiracy that trafficked large quantities of methamphetamine from Atlanta to Southwest Virginia was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced.

Robert Edward Bowman, 42, of Bristol, Virginia, previously pled guilty today to one count of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. Today in District Court, Bowman was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison. In a separate hearing, Connie Diane Strouth, 51, of St. Paul, Virginia, who previously pled guilty to one count of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison.

“We are seeing large amounts of methamphetamine brought into Southwest Virginia from areas outside of the Commonwealth and we must continue to work to put a stop to it,” United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. said today. “We know other crimes follow methamphetamine addiction, property crime, domestic abuse, child neglect, things that devastate communities. For those reasons alone we must get a handle on this growing problem.”

According to evidence presented at previous hearings by Assistant United States Attorney Zachary T. Lee, Bowman and Strouth were part of a methamphetamine conspiracy that transported and distributed multiple pounds of crystal methamphetamine between Atlanta, Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Bristol, Virginia Police Department, the Bristol, Tennessee Police Department, the Abingdon Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Zachary T. Lee prosecuted the case for the United States.

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