ABINGDON, Va.- Sammy McMahan, the last of the 21 co-conspirators who distributed methamphetamine in Wise and Lee counties in Southwest Virginia, was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison for his role in the scheme. Acting United States Attorney Daniel P. Bubar made the announcement today following McMahan’s sentencing.
McMahan, 54, previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.
“Methamphetamine continues to ravage Virginia and those who traffic in it must be held accountable for harming our communities,” United States Attorney Bubar said today. “I am thankful to the ATF and the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force for bringing these 21 defendants to justice.”
According to court documents, McMahan was one of 21 defendants charged in a May 29, 2019 indictment who conspired to distribute methamphetamine throughout Wise and Lee counties in Southwest Virginia. The 21 defendants were sentenced to a total of 310 years and one month in prison.
The investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force, which is comprised of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Dickenson County Sheriff’s Office, Norton Police Department, Big Stone Gap Police Department, and the Virginia State Police. Assistant United States Attorneys Lena Busscher, Jonathan Jones, and Anthony P. Giorno prosecuted the case for the United States.