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Nine convicted in Grayson/N.C. drug conspiracy

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ABINGDON — The final two defendants in a nine-member methamphetamine conspiracy case were convicted by a federal jury in Abingdon on Dec. 4.

Jessee Dane Cox, 33, and Robert Cox, 35, both of Crumpler, N.C., were two of nine defendants indicted in January for their participation in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Grayson County and Ashe County, N.C.

Jessee Cox was convicted of conspiracy to possess meth with the intent to distribute and of distributing 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine.

Robert Cox was convicted of conspiracy to possess a mixture or substance containing meth.

"Taking methamphetamine out of our communities is paramount in providing a safer environment for our friends and neighbors," Acting U.S. Attorney Julia C. Dudley said in a press release. "The men and women who investigated and prosecuted this case should hold their heads a little higher today, knowing they have taken a considerable amount of methamphetamine off the streets."

All other defendants faced similar charges of drug possession and intent to distribute meth. They previously entered guilty pleas to charges associated with the conspiracy.

Charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute 500 grams or more of meth were:

• Lisa Woods Bell, 51, of Troutdale — potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and $8 million fine.

• Randy Dale Musick, 32, of Troutdale — potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and an $8 million fine.

• Christina Blanche Richardson, 32, of West Jefferson, N.C. — potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a $4 million fine.

• Dale Russell Bare, 48, of West Jefferson, N.C. — potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a $4 million fine.

• Clyde Lee Weaver, 53, of Crumpler, N.C. — potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a $4 million fine.

Charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute 50 grams or more of meth were:

• Jeff Davis, 47, Crumpler, N.C. — potential maximum sentence of one year imprisonment and a $1,000 fine.

• Pamela Denise Logan, 46, of Crumpler, N.C. — no sentence listed.

According to evidence presented at trial by Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary Lee, between April and August 2006, Ball and Musick were receiving between 10 and 20 ounces of methamphetamine a week at Ball's home in Troutdale.

The two then distributed the drug to numerous sub-distributors in Ashe County, N.C., and throughout Grayson County.

According to evidence, Weaver, Logan, Richardson, Davis, Jessee Cox and Robert Cox all received methamphetamine from Ball or Musick, and all, with the exception of Robert Cox, distributed or assisted in the distribution of the drugs in Ashe County.

Sentencing dates have not been set.

The investigation was conducted by the Ashe County (N.C.) Sheriff's Department, Smyth County Sheriff's Department, Virginia State Police, Grayson County Sheriff's Department and the Bristol Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration.