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Bowman to serve 25 years for meth trafficking

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Cana man was one of those arrested as part of Operation Rolling Thunder

By Brian Funk, Editor

ABINGDON — A Carroll County man convicted as a result of the Operation Rolling Thunder investigation has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.

Timothy Bowman, 46, of Cana, pleaded guilty last year to two charges related to his involvement in a methamphetamine distribution network. He was sentenced at a hearing April 24 in U.S. District Court in Abingdon.

Judge James P. Jones sentenced Bowman to 20 years in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for conspiring to possess and distributing 500 grams or more of methamphetamine; and five years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for possessing, using and carrying a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The sentences will run consecutively.

Rolling Thunder was a joint local, state and federal investigation that sought to dismantle a major drug trafficking organization that was transporting large quantities of meth from Greensboro, N.C., to be distributed in Galax, Grayson County and Carroll County in Virginia and in Surry County, N.C.

A total of 24 people were charged in 2017. Of those, 22 pleaded guilty, one has died and one has a jury trial set for later this year.

Sentencing hearings are set for defendant Grandy Nester, 33, of Pilot Mountain., N.C., on June 14; and Sanson P. Rodriguez, address unknown, on Aug. 8. Both pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges.

Lelana Long of Meadows of Dan has not pleaded guilty. She has a jury trial set for July 25-27 in Abingdon.

Defendants who pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and were already sentenced to federal prison include David Norman, of Galax; Jackie Christopher Parsons, of Mouth of Wilson; Calvin Jermaine Maxwell, of Galax; Shawanna Phipps, of Independence; Brittany Cochran, of Fries; Amy Hoyt, of Mount Airy, N.C.; Stacey Jerome Sawyers, of Galax; Kevin Humphries, of Cana; Brian Graff, of Independence; Karen Hawks, of Low Gap, N.C.; Amber Rose Bilyeu, of Mount Airy, N.C.; Jessilyn Jones, of Independence; Vickie Grose, of Galax; Riley Alley, of Fries; Walter “Butch” Sexton, of Galax; Travis Brian Anders, of Independence; Jonathan Choate, of Sparta, N.C.; Annette Freeman, of Cana; and Brad Hunley, of Hillsville.

Drug conspiracy charges against Larry Sellers of Fries were dismissed after he died in 2017.