Meth dealers get nailed
U.S. District Judge Norman K. Moon laid down the law on Thursday to 6 of the 20 Augusta and Rockingham County dealers accused of distributing more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine, the Harrisonburg daily paper reports.
All of them pled guilty, except the still-unapprehended leader of the pack, Ismael Alvarado Cervantes. Sentences ranged from 5 years and 10 months in prison to over 16 years, and some of the perps also forfeited thousands of dollars worth of drug-money fueled assets to the government.
Attorney John L. Brownlee seemed particularly disturbed that some of the drugs were sold to high schoolers. The case took off in 2005 when ATF officials responded to the bombing of a car, allegedly belonging to one of the dealers, in Harrisonburg.
"These sentences ensure that a major supply of methamphetamine in Rockingham and Augusta Counties has been stopped," Brownlee said. However, an attorney for one of the convicts blasted the prosecution for so boldly punishing what the attorney portrayed as low-level dealers.