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Six charged in Bristol, Va., meth bust

January 9th, 2009 12:00 am by Staff Report






ABINGDON — An investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine in Southwest Virginia has led to the arrest of six individuals and the seizure of more than 1½ pounds of meth.


According to criminal complaints and search warrants filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, federal, state and local law enforcement agents began conducting an investigation in December regarding the distribution of meth from the Bristol, Va., residence of Alison Cary Layman, 28.


In the early morning hours of Jan. 7, a search warrant was executed at Layman’s residence by federal agents and the Virginia State Police. As a result of the search, officers seized more than 1½ pounds of meth, $3,900 in U.S. currency, records relating to the distribution of meth, and numerous other items associated with the distribution of meth.


In addition to arresting Layman, officers arrested Arturo Quezada Victoriano, 30, and Andres Galvan Calderas, 32, both of Woodlawn, Va.; and Kristen Nicole Gray, 29, Larry Brandon Shelley, 33, and Nicholas Duane Thompson, 29, all of Bristol, Tenn.


The investigation of this case was conducted by the Virginia State Police, Abingdon Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary T. Lee of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Abingdon is prosecuting the case.


 

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