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Galax woman sentenced for drug conspiracy

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By April Wright, Reporter

Irene Rodriguez Uribe of Galax was sentenced Sept. 23 in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg to 87 months in prison for conspiring to distribute 500 grams of methamphetamine in Western Virginia and beyond.

The prison term is to be followed by three years of supervision. She was ordered to pay a special assessment of $100.

“The devastation methamphetamine addiction causes to those addicted to the drug is alarming,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Julia C. Dudley. “The United States Attorney’s Office places an emphasis on taking dealers of methamphetamine, and all illegal drugs, off our streets.”

Rodriguez Uribe, 43, was indicted in January along with nine co-defendants. All were charged with conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine, and other drug charges.

On June 27, the defendant pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Northwest Task Force and the Page County Sheriff’s Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeb Terrien is prosecuting the case.