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Pair pleads guilty to methamphetamine charges

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ABINGDON, Va. – A pair of Southwest Virginia residents pled guilty today in Federal Court to charges related to the manufacturing of methamphetamine, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. and Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced.

Travis Michael Felty, 34, of Wytheville, Virginia, pled guilty today to one count of conspiring to manufacturing methamphetamine, one count of creating a substantial risk of harm to human life while illegally manufacturing or attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, and one count of manufacturing or attempting to manufacture methamphetamine where a minor resided or was present.

Shanna Ariz Castillo, 31, of Marion, Virginia, pled guilty to one count of conspiring to manufacturing methamphetamine, one count of creating a substantial risk of harm to human life while illegally manufacturing or attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, and one count of manufacturing or attempting to manufacture methamphetamine where a minor resided or was present.

“We must be vigilant in prosecuting individuals that manufacture this highly dangerous and addictive substance, especially where children are present or reside,” United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. said today. “We will continue to work with our partners in law enforcement to slow the spread of this deadly drug throughout Virginia.”

“In recent years, so many families and communities in Southwest Virginia have been hit hard by addiction and by methamphetamine, in particular,” said Attorney General Herring. “Not only can distribution and use of these dangerous drugs put Virginians at risk, but just manufacturing these drugs is an inherently dangerous process that poses significant risk to the public and the ommunity. My team and I take these cases very seriously and we will continue to work with our federal and local partners to keep Southwest Virginia safe.”

Agencies involved in this investigation included the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Abingdon Police Department, Bristol Virginia Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Special Assistant United States Attorney M. Suzanne Kerney-Quillen, a Virginia Assistant Attorney General assigned to the Attorney General’s Major Crimes and Emerging Threats Section, prosecuted the case for the United States.