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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Operation Leaving Las Vegas Results In Drug Distribution Charges Against 32 Individuals

Drug Trafficking Organization Stretched from Southwest Virginia to Las Vegas, Nevada

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – United States Attorney John Fishwick announced today that Operation Leaving Las Vegas, a joint investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, has resulted in thirty-two arrest warrants being issued for individuals charged with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in Southwest Virginia, Las Vegas, Nevada, Eastern Kentucky, and elsewhere.  In addition to the arrest warrants being issued, law enforcement agents executed three search warrants today in furtherance of the investigation.  The following individuals were charged:

  1. Brandon Lee Stone
  2. Richard Henry Kayian
  3. Stephen Anthony Cino, Jr.
  4. Kevin Thomas Siegler
  5. Misael Reyes-Tajimaroa
  6. Tracy Allan Callihan
  7. Gary Allen Ginn
  8. John E. Williams
  9. Kaitlynn Elizabeth Kayian
  10. Bradley Allen Chapman
  11. Alex Michael Kayian
  12. John Dewayne Farmer
  13. Steven Michael Salyer
  14. Lola Virginia Farmer, aka Jenny Farmer
  15. Lamar Allen Skipper
  16. Brian Edward Widener, aka “Bubba”
  17. Rebecca Lynn Williams
  18. Daniel Cory Cantrell
  19. Shauna Nicole Chafin, aka Shauna ABRAMS
  20. Austin Obranovic Boardwine
  21. Brandon Gary Childress
  22. Tanner Morris Curd
  23. Caleb Newman Dean
  24. Ralph Stewart Dingus
  25. William Wesley Fleenor
  26. Jeffrey Nathaniel Gobble
  27. Charlene Renee Hale
  28. Preston Kyle Lawson
  29. Justin Michael Lowe
  30. Amy Lorene Moser aka Amy Arcaro
  31. Heather Michelle Sullins
  32. Brandon Cody Trivett

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations, United States Marshals Service, Virginia State Police, Washington County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office, Abingdon Police Department, Marion Police Department, and Smyth County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Zachary T. Lee will prosecute the case for the United States.

An arrest warrant is only a charge and not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated November 9, 2016