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Thompson sentenced on drug charges

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

ROANOKE — A Hillsville man, one of six Twin County residents charged with drug offenses in federal court, has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy.

Bobby Dwayne Thompson faced multiple charges in a federal indictment, including:

• conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture of methamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance.

• distribution of meth

• possession of a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking crime

Documents from the U.S. District Court in Roanoke filed May 10 show that Thompson pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge.

"The maximum statutory penalty is a fine of $4 million and/or imprisonment for a term of life, plus a term of supervised release," the papers say. "There is a mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment for 10 years."

The prosecutors will dismiss the other counts against Thompson, the court papers say.

Federal court sentencing guidelines used in Thompson's case will state that he distributed more than five but less than 15 kilograms of a meth mixture.

"The parties agree and stipulate that I did not possess any dangerous weapon in connection with this offense, and so the plus-two enhancement should not apply," the papers state.

Thompson will receive credit for time served awaiting trial.

Thompson also agrees to forfeit $6,202 in cash to the feds.

Five others face charges in connection with this investigation.

A federal grand jury issued indictments in this case in January against Michael Samuel Sawyers, Antreyhue Dane Davis, Kenneth Joe Kennedy and Stephanie Nicole Bean Davis, all of Galax; and Benjamin Lee Hancock of Hillsville.

Those named in the indictment have been charged with:

• conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture or substance containing meth, a schedule II controlled substance, for a period ending Sept. 25, 2009, against all of the defendants.

• four counts specifically name Kennedy on charges of distribution of meth from last April.

• one count each against Antreyhue Davis for distribution of more than 500 grams of meth and carrying a firearm while in a drug trafficking crime from last June.

• one count of distribution of meth against Hancock from last June.

• one count of possession of a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking crime against Stephanie Davis from last June.

• one count of distribution of meth against Sawyers from last September.

After a presenting report is compiled, Thompson's next appearance in court is scheduled for Aug. 5.

He is to remain in federal custody.