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

Monday, May 16, 2016

Two Additional Members of Drug Conspiracy Plead Guilty

Ralph Marlow and Lloyd Knuckles Admit to Selling Methamphetamine

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – Two more members of a drug conspiracy that trafficked methamphetamine into Southwest Virginia pled guilty today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced.

Ralph Marlow, 59, of La Follatte, Tennessee, pled guilty today in District Court to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

Lloyd Steven Knuckles, 42, of Middlesborough, Kentucky, pled guilty today to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

“These defendants, and others involved in this conspiracy, were involved in the trafficking of crystal methamphetamine, a very addictive and dangerous form of an already dangerous substance,” United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. said today. “The success of this investigation can be credited to the cooperative work displayed by authorities on the local, state and federal level.”

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Bell County, Kentucky Sheriff’s Office, the Middlesborough, Kentucky Police Department, the Lee County Virginia Sheriff’s Office and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Bristol and Atlanta Field Divisions. Assistant United States Attorney Zachary T. Lee prosecuted the case for the United States.

Drug Trafficking
Updated May 16, 2016