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Seven facing federal charges in alleged meth conspiracy

Nick Shepherd • Updated Aug 22, 2017 at 2:16 PM

ABINGDON — A number of people from Lee County and Church Hill are facing federal drug conspiracy charges after being indicted by a grand jury, according to a press release.

The indictment, which was unsealed last week, lists those individuals as: Jeremy Rick Sturgill, 40, Jonesville; Tony Lynn Ketron, 27, Church Hill; Todd Houston Conyer, 29, Pennington Gap; Leslie Ann Clasby, 42, Jonesville; Jason Dale Moore, 36, Jonesville; William Benjamin Brewer, 35, Jonesville; and Kristina Karen Burton, 43, Jonesville.

All seven defendants are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Sturgill is also charged with three counts of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine; one count of maintaining a place for the purpose of manufacturing, distributing and using methamphetamine; two counts of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon; and two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, the release stated.

Ketron is additionally being charged with two counts of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, two counts of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon and two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force.

Special Assistant United States Attorney Suzanne Kerney-Quillen will prosecute the case.

“A grand jury indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt,” the release said. “The defendant is entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.”

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