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ROANOKE — A Hillsville man will serve 16 years in federal prison for his part in a drug conspiracy.
Bobby Dwayne Thompson heard his sentence in federal district court in Roanoke on Dec. 9.
Six people from Galax and Hillsville originally faced charges in this methamphetamine distribution case, and five of those defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy, including Thompson.
Thompson's sentence amounted to 192 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture of meth, a schedule II controlled substance, according to court papers.
The conspiracy charge carried with it a mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment for 10 years, though some of Thompson's co-defendants got less time than that.
After his release from prison, Thompson will then serve 60 months of supervised release.
In the hearing before Judge James Turk, the court recommended that Thompson be imprisoned at Beckley, W.Va.
"Court recommends that defendant be afforded the opportunity to participate in the intensive drug treatment program," court documents say.
Thompson is banned from owning firearms, ammunition, destructive devices and dangerous weapons after his release.
Co-defendent Stephie Nicole Bean Davis was sentenced to 198 months in prison, and Michael Samuel Sawyers, 192 months.
Kenneth Joe Kennedy received 87 months in prison, and Benjamin Lee Hancock received 72 months.