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

Monday, May 16, 2016

North Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge

Michael Kerns Pleads Guilty to Being Part of Methamphetamine Conspiracy

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – A North Carolina man pled guilty this morning in United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke to conspiring, with others, to distributing methamphetamine throughout the Western District of Virginia, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced.

Michael Allen Kerns, 23, of Clemmons, North Carolina, pled guilty today to one count of conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.  

“Law enforcement continues to effectively respond to the rising tide of methamphetamine abuse in the Western District of Virginia,” United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. said today. “This is a dangerous drug that destroys lives and we are proud to work with our local, state and federal partners to rid it from our communities.”

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Virginia State Police, the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office, the Smyth County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Marshals Service.  Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Bassford prosecuted the case for the United States.

Drug Trafficking
Updated May 16, 2016