GATE CITY — Two Gate City residents pleaded guilty this week to their roles in a drug distribution ring in Scott County that saw defendants prosecuted at both the local and federal levels.
Jackie Renea Saez, 29, Ginko Drive, Gate City, pleaded guilty in Scott County Circuit Court to four felony charges — three counts of distribution of a Schedule I or II drug and a single count of conspiracy to distribute a Schedule I or II drug.
Earlier in the week, Charlie Nathaniel Collins, 25, of Gate City, also pleaded guilty to felony charges consisting of three counts of distribution of a Schedule I or II drug and one count of conspiracy to distribute drugs.
Collins was sentenced in circuit court to 10 years in state prison, with eight years and two months suspended. Collins was also given two years of supervised probation and three years of unsupervised probation and was ordered to serve two years of trash pickup and pay a $500 fine plus restitution.
Saez is scheduled to be sentenced April 2.
Both were arrested as part of a drug roundup conducted in March 2010 by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force.
Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney Marcus McClung said Saez and Collins were prosecuted as part of a larger conspiracy consisting of at least five other individuals that distributed painkillers and other drugs in Southwest Virginia.
Members of that conspiracy were prosecuted at both the local and federal levels following a joint investigation by the SCSO, Scott County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Saez and Collins were considered by authorities to be participants in a larger conspiracy that distributed various controlled substances in Scott County during a period stretching from 2005 until 2011.
“We worked together extensively with (the U.S. district attorney for the Western District of Virginia’s) office,” McClung said.
Several of the suspects in that case — Randall Darnell Sr., 44, Gate City; Kristy LaDuke, 37, Gate City; Perry Roger Carter, 54, Gate City; Dana Sue Campbell, 51, Gate City; and Ron Smith, 35, Hiltons — recently pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia to federal charges related to drug distribution.
Earlier this month, Darnell was sentenced to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, OxyContin and morphine, while LaDuke received 2½ years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute OxyContin.
Carter and his sister, Campbell, were suppliers of the conspiracy, federal authorities said, operating from their homes on Manville Road.
Federal prosecutors said the two provided large quantities of cocaine, methadone, OxyContin and other controlled substances to members of the conspiracy for further distribution in Scott County and elsewhere.
Saez is Campbell’s daughter, authorities said.