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Two Sentenced on Federal Drug Charges

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

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA – A second defendant in a local drug conspiracy which was responsible for dealing significant quantities of extremely pure methamphetamine, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District Court in Charlottesville, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced.

Ramon Gabriel Jr. of North Carolina previously pled guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. Today in District Court, Gabriel was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Gabriel was also ordered to pay a fine of $500.

A co-defendant in the case, David Valencia, 27, of Madison Heights, Va., was convicted of one count of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine in June 2016. In September 2016, Valencia was sentenced to 38 months in federal prison, three years of supervised release and also ordered to pay a fine of $500.

“Methamphetamine trafficking continues to be a growing threat throughout the Western District of Virginia,” United States Attorney Fishwick said today. “We will continue to work with our partners in law enforcement to slow the influx of this deadly and addictive substance into Virginia.”

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Ronald M. Huber prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated December 8, 2016

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