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ABINGDON — Lorne Anders, 44, of Troutdale, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Monday to three counts involving methamphetamine distribution that took place largely in Smyth, Wythe and Grayson counties.
According to the court, Anders pleaded guilty to and was convicted of the following federal charges — conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of meth, user of controlled substance in possession of a firearm and use of a firearm in drug trafficking.
Numerous firearms and more than $3,000 in cash was forfeited, said Brian McGinn of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia.
Anders is facing a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence.
Also pleading guilty on Monday was co-defendant Ricardo “Ricky” Lopez-Zuniga, 25, of Independence. He pleaded guilty and was convicted of conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of meth, according to court records.
Lopez-Zuniga faces a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence and is subject to an immigration detainer upon completion of his sentence.
Sentencing for Lorne Anders and Lopez-Zuniga is set for Nov. 21, 2011.
Two other co-defendants — Michael Cooper, 35, of Wytheville, and Arlin Anders, 24, of Troutdale — previously pleaded guilty and were convicted of similar charges. They are scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 5.
Agencies involved in the drug investigation included the ATF; Virginia State Police; sheriffs’ offices of Smyth, Wythe and Grayson counties; and Marion Police Department.