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Roanoke Man who Pled Guilty to Distributing Methamphetamine,Illegally Possessing a Firearm, Sentenced in Federal Court

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Virginia

Roanoke, VIRGINIA – A Roanoke man, who sold methamphetamine and illegally possessed a shotgun after having been previously convicted of a felony, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke, Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced.


John Mark Bryant, 21, of Roanoke, Va., previously pled guilty to one count of distribution of methamphetamine and one count of illegal possession of firearm by a previously convicted felon. Today in District Court, Bryant was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison.


According to evidence presented at previous hearings by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Bassford, in June 2016 Bryant was staying at the Stay-In motel in Salem, Virginia. Detectives working as part of the Roanoke HIDTA had determined that Bryant was distributing methamphetamine and firearms from his hotel room and set-up a methamphetamine and firearm purchase via a confidential informant. The informant arranged and made a purchase of methamphetamine and a shotgun from Bryant on June 16, 2016.


Thee investigation of the case was conducted by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Roanoke HIDTA. Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Bassford prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated February 13, 2017

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