Investigation leads to 24 arrests for meth trafficking

Staff Report

ABINGDON– Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced June 20 that Operation Rolling Thunder, a joint investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, has resulted in 24 arrest warrants being issued for individuals charged with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in Southwest Virginia and North Carolina.

In addition to the arrest warrants being issued, law enforcement agents executed one search warrant June 20 in furtherance of the investigation. The following individuals have been arrested and charged: Sanson P. Rodriguez, Amy Hoyt, Grandy Nester, Amber “Rose” Bilyeu, Karen Hawks, Walter “Butch” Sexton, Larry Sellers, Brittany Cochran, Timothy Bowman, Annette Freeman, Brad Hunley, Shawanna Phipps, Brian Gaff, Riley Alley, Calvin Jermaine Maxwell, David Norman, Lelana Long, Jonathan Choate, Kevin Humphries, Jackie Christopher Parsons, Jessalyn Jones, Vicky Grose, Stacey Jerome Sawyers, Travis Brian Anders.

Mountcastle said the investigation of the case was conducted by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Surry County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Galax Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, United States Marshals Service, United States Secret Service and the Lexington, N.C. Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Zachary T. Lee will prosecute the case for the United States.

An arrest warrant is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Staff Report