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

Monday, April 25, 2016

Two Plead Guilty as Part of Methamphetamine Conspiracy

Curtis Howerton and Amanda Szemac Each Pled to Federal Conspiracy Charge

BIG STONE GAP, VIRGINIA – Two members of conspiracy that distributed methamphetamine in and around Virginia and Kentucky, pled guilty today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Big Stone Gap, announced United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr.

Amanda Szemac, 39, and Curtis Howerton, a.k.a “Bo,” 28, of Pikeville, Kentucky, in separate hearings, each pled guilty today to one count of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine.

“Methamphetamine is an addictive and deadly substance,” United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. said today. “We are proud to work with our partners on the local, state and federal levels to continue to fight to scourge of methamphetamine trafficking throughout the region.”

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.

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