Drug Enforcement Administration

Washington, DC

Jesse R. Fong, Special Agent in Charge

July 19, 2005

Contact: SA Heath Anderson

Phone Number: 202-305-8500

“Godfather” of Methamphetamine Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

JUL 19 -- Shawn A. Johnson, Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s Washington Division, announced today that Steven Winfield Tomershea, age 40, of Foxboro, Massachusetts, was sentenced by Judge Glen M. Williams to 30 years in prison on charges of conspiracy, manufacturing, and distributing methamphetamine.

“By arresting and sentencing him, we’ve made a major impact on the methamphetamine trade in Southwest Virginia," stated Shawn A. Johnson. “Between 2001 and 2004, he manufactured more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine and earned in excess of $300,000.”

Steven Tomershea was poisoning our community by making and selling one of the most dangerous drugs on our streets. Today’s sentence sends a strong message that anyone who is involved in the making or use of methamphetamine will be punished,” said John Brownlee, United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia.

Tomershea pled guilty on April 9, 2005. Since 2003, at least five co-conspirators who sold methamphetamine for Tomershea or supplied him with precursors have been convicted on federal drug manufacturing charges.

The investigation was conducted by the DEA Bristol Office, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Virginia State Police.

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