Bullion to serve 4 years on drug charges

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

ROANOKE — A Hillsville man has been sentenced to spend four years in a federal prison as a result of a two-year illegal drug investigation.
Stacey Harold Bullion of 63 Lewis Lane heard his sentence in U.S. District Court on Monday, after being convicted of conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, according to Brian McGinn, spokesman for the U.S. District Attorney's Office in Roanoke.
A federal grand jury issued a six-count indictment naming Bullion, as well as Hillsville resident Rigoberto Ruiz-Ruvalcaba, last March.
After pleading guilty in September, Bullion received a prison sentence of 48 months, plus four years of supervised release after his gets out and a $500 fine.
Free on an $25,000 unsecured bond, Bullion has been allowed to self-report for his prison sentence.
Bullion had also faced four counts of distribution of meth, but those were dropped after his guilty plea on the conspiracy charge.
After receiving tips on drug trafficking, investigators from the Twin County Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration staked out the neighborhood where both suspects lived.
Law enforcement officials made a purchase of meth from Bullion at his trailer in October 2008, court records in the case state.
"Surveillance units heard, via an electronic monitoring device, that Bullion was going to... pick up a quantity of methamphetamine," according to the records.
Law enforcement officers then observed Bullion's Dodge pickup going to 328 Saddle Up Trail, about a third of a mile from Bullion's home.
After that, Bullion returned home and the police informant bought meth from him, the investigator writes.
Investigators also monitored phone calls from Bullion to Ruiz-Ruvalcaba's landline phone, according to the search warrant. The calls were allegedly about lining up quantities of the drugs to sell.