More plead guilty to drug dealing charges

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

ROANOKE — Two more defendants facing federal drug charges entered guilty pleas in U.S. District Court in Roanoke last week.

Stephie Nicole Bean Davis and Michael Samuel Sawyers, both of Galax, filed paperwork with the court changing their pleas to guilty, according to information from Roanoke.

They join Bobby Dwayne Thompson of Hillsville, who had already entered a guilty plea to a count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Davis also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture with meth, which has a maximum penalty of a $4 million fine and life in prison, according to court paperwork.

The minimum sentence for such an offense is imprisonment for 10 years.

Sentencing guidelines against Davis will be based on the distribution of more than five but less than 15 kilos of meth, but the prosecutors and defense attorneys will argue whether the sentence should be enhanced due to possession of a weapon.

"The United States believes that two guideline levels should be added to my base offense level for my possession of a dangerous weapon," Davis' court filings state. "I do not believe that such an addition would be appropriate.

"The parties will argue this issue before the court at sentencing as necessary, and the court will determine whether this enhancement is appropriate."

Davis had also been charged with a count of possession of a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking crime, but that charge will be dismissed by the prosecutors, according to the court paperwork.

Davis agreed to forfeit a Taurus .38-caliber pistol, the document state.

The court has ordered a pre-sentence report on Davis, and sentencing has been scheduled for Aug. 16.

Davis will remain in federal custody.

Sawyers also pleaded guilty to the count of conspiracy. He had also been charged with one count of distribution of meth.

The court will get a pre-sentence report on Sawyers, and his sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 9.

Thompson already pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in August.

Along with Davis, Sawyers and Thompson, the grand jury had also named Antreyhue Dane Davis and Kenneth Joe Kennedy of Galax and Benjamin Lee Hancock of Hillsville in the original indictment.