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Wise County man sentenced on federal meth charges

Staff report • Jan 11, 2020 at 9:00 AM

ABINGDON — A Wise County man received 19 years in federal prison for his role in a three-year methamphetamine distribution conspiracy in Lee and Wise counties.

According to Western District U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen, Joseph Andrew Hobbs, 20, was sentenced in Abingdon Federal Court to 228 months on one count each of conspiring to distribute and possession of 500 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and carrying a firearm during such a crime.

Hobbs was one of 20 defendants in the conspiracy who were indicted in June, Cullen said, and all had been convicted via jury trial or by plea agreement. The persons were indicted in June after an investigation by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force and the Virginia State Police

Hobbs pleaded guilty in August to the charges. Susan Adrianna Mullins, 30, address unavailable, was sentenced in December to a three-year federal prison term for her role in the conspiracy. The other 18 are awaiting sentencing.

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