A Saltville man will spend the next 20-plus years in prison after he pleaded guilty in federal court to playing a part in a conspiracy that trafficked methamphetamine into Smyth County.
Jeremy Charles Olinger, 38, was taken into custody in November 2016 after Smyth County deputies found more than a pound of meth and $30,000 in cash in a car he was driving on Whitetop Road in Chilhowie. Deputies initially stopped the vehicle because they believed its driver was under the influence.
According to documents filed with the federal court, Olinger conspired with at least five individuals between September 2015 and November 2016 to distribute meth throughout the Western District of Virginia and elsewhere. Specifically, Olinger admitted to obtaining “crystal ice” methamphetamine by the pound two or three times per week, sometimes traveling to sources located in California. Once the drugs were obtained, Olinger further distributed it to his sources of distribution as a source of personal income. Olinger admitted to trafficking five to 15 kilograms during the life of the conspiracy.
“Methamphetamine is a deadly drug that has devastating effects on our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen. “I am grateful for the dedication of our law enforcement partners in disrupting this major source of supply in southwest Virginia and sending him to federal prison for over 20 years.”
One of four defendants in the conspiracy, Olinger was the second to be sentenced. Last month, 37-year-old Adam Conley, of Glade Spring, was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison for his role. Co-defendants Amanda Crystal Moore, 31, of Chilhowie, and Michelle Renee Boardwine, 36, of Saltville will be sentenced later this year.
Acting as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Smyth County Commonwealth’s Attorney Roy Evans helped prosecute the case. The investigation was conducted by the Smyth County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.