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News Release
April 10, 2003

Virginia Motorcycle Dealership Seized in Methamphetamine Bust

photo - motorcycle dealershipThe Glen LILLY Drug Trafficking Organization is responsible for the distribution of multi-pounds of methamphetamine throughout the Bristol Virginia Area. The methamphetamine is sourced from Mexico, transported through Los Angeles and then transported to the Atlanta, Georgia area. The methamphetamine is then transported to the LILLY DEALERSHIP in Abingdon, Virginia. Proceeds from these sales are then transported back to the Los Angelos area using the same specially prepared load vehicles used to transport methamphetamine to the Los Angelos area. Proceeds from the sales also are laundered through the dealership and then transported back to the Atlanta area. Additionally, this organization makes extensive use of cellular telephones and pagers, many of which are changed frequently, to facilitate the trafficking of methamphetamine and to curtail law enforcement investigations. This investigation has also led to the Georgia Post of Duty investigation, identifying additional members of this organization. Additionally, the sharing of intelligence between the Bristol Virginia DEA Post of Duty and the DEA Rome Post of Duty has contributed significantly to this investigation.

Since the inception of this investigation Special Agents, Michael Cash, Brian Snedeker, and TFO Robert Givens from the Bristol POD Virginia office with the assistance of the DEA Rome Georgia Post of Duty, IRS, BATE, and the Washington County Sheriff's Office have arrested the following individuals and seized the following assets:

*Arrested ten major distributors of this organization that are based in the Abingdon, VA and Atlanta, GA area.

*Seized a motorcycle DEALERSHIP in Abingdon, VA.
*Seized a former motocycle DEALERSHIP in Abingdon, VA.
*Seized a residence.
*Seized numerous bank accounts.
*Seized approximately six pounds of methamphetamine.
*Seized over 50 firearms from the dealership and the residence.

* Currently, over three million dollars in assets have been seized.

photo - individuals involved in operation
From left to right (front row): Blake Andis, Washington County Sheriff's Office (WCSO), and SA Michael Cash (DEA). From left to right (back row): Bruce Lamber, ATF RAC, unidentified agent, Sheriff Fred Newman (WCSO), Detective Chris Hazelwood (WCSO), and Captain Jack Davidson (WCSO).

On July 31, 2002, Special Agents, Michael Cash, Brian Snedeker and TFO Robert Givens with the DEA Bristol POD, executed a federal search warrant at the Lilly motocycle dealership in Abingdon, VA. Agents and officers seized approximately over two-pounds of methamphetamine, nine firearms, and approximately thirty-five thousand dollars cash. Agents and officers arrested Guy Glen LILLY, Lisa LILLY, and Tracy CALLIHAN for the conspiracy to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine and federal firearms charges.

On August 02, 2002, agents and officers arrested Jason LOWE, Timothy KIMBELL, and Donald HARRIS after they delivered approximately two pounds of methamphetamine to Lilly place of business. According to investigative intelligence, this organization has been distributing methamphetamine throughout the Atlanta and Virginia areas for at least ten years.

On August 02, 2002, Agents with the DEA Bristol Virginia office working in conjunction with Agents in the DEA Rome, Georgia office arrested Gonzalo BETANCOURT and Samuel FLORES, sources of supply to Jason LOWE in Cartersville, Georgia. Agents also recovered two pounds of methamphetamine.

On August 02, 2002, agents also executed a search warrant at the residence of Terry W. LOWE, brother of Jason LOWE, in Cartersville, Georgia, and seized two pounds of methamphetamine.

This investigation is yet another example of great cooperative work with Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies.

Money seized during the investigation


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