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Middlesboro man sentenced for drug trafficking in Virginia

From Lee County Commonwealth Attorney H Fuller Cridlin -

Gary Johnson

Lee County Commonwealth Attorney, H. Fuller Cridlin, stated in a release that a Kentucky Man was sentenced to serve 14 years for trafficking Methamphetamine.

49-year-old Gary Johnson, of Middlesboro, KY, was sentenced by the Lee County Circuit Court to serve a total of fourteen years in the Virginia Penitentiary on charges related to the distribution of methamphetamine.

Following this term of active incarceration, Johnson will be on supervised probation for five years.

Cridlin went on to state:

“This conviction and sentence is the result of a lot of hard work by many different people. I commend the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police, for excellent investigative work in this case.

I also appreciate their cooperation with my office throughout what was a long and complex prosecution, which included a jury trial in the Lee High School Auditorium and two sentencing hearings. In this case, our evidence established that Johnson trafficked large quantities of Methamphetamine into Lee County from various sources in Tennessee and Kentucky, and sold this methamphetamine for profit.

The lengthy sentence imposed reflects his major role in the operation, and the quantity of methamphetamine which he brought into our community.

As a Lee County Citizen, we appreciate all the hard work by everyone involved in keeping our community safe."

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