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Russell County Man Sentenced for Possessing, Selling Explosives

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

ABINGDON, Va. – A Castlewood, Virginia man, who illegally possessed military grade explosives, was sentenced yesterday  in U.S. District Court in Abingdon to 72 months in federal prison, Acting United States Attorney Daniel P. Bubar and Charlie Patterson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Washington Field Division  (ATF) announced.

Thomas Blake Hill, 21, pleaded guilty in November 2020 to two counts of possessing and selling explosive materials that had been shipped in interstate or foreign commerce.

Hill, a convicted felon, attempted to trade military grade C-4 explosives M-60 ignitors for methamphetamine.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Virginia State Police and the Sheriff’s Offices of Russell and Washington County. Assistant United States Attorney Randy Ramseyer prosecuted the case for the United States.  

Updated April 9, 2021