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Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge

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

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA – A Virginia man, who conspired with at least one other person to distribute methamphetamine, pled guilty today to a federal drug conspiracy charge, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced.

David Valencia, 27, of North Garden, Virginia, pled guilty this morning in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville to one count of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. Valencia’s co-defendant, Ramon Gabriel Jr., pled guilty last month to similar conspiracy charge.

“Methamphetamine trafficking continues to be a growing threat throughout the Western District of Virginia,” United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. said today. “We will continue to work with our partners on the local, state and federal levels to slow the influx of this deadly and addictive substance into our communities.”

At sentencing, Valencia faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $1 million dollars. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

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 June 1, 2016

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