Their sentence also caries a maximum length of 279 months behind bars.
According to Ashe County Sheriff James Williams, Lee Roy Ellison and James Edward Treadway operated the illegal prescription drug ring out of R & L Motors on U.S. 221 Business.
A cooperative three-month undercover investigation between the sheriff’s office, the State Bureau of Investigation and the West Jefferson Police Department led to their arrest in August 2008, Williams said.
Williams previously stated that: “There was a lot of activity in and out of there, but they never seemed to sell a car. We had lots of complaints about possible drug activity there.”
Ellison was charged with trafficking in heroin/opium and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and delivering a schedule IV controlled substance. He was also charged with conspiring to trafficking and a misdemeanor charge of simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.
Treadway was charged with conspiring to traffic in opium/heroin and conspiracy to sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance.
Both men were found guilty of all charges by a trial jury in Ashe County Superior Court.
Williams thanked all the local and state agencies who played a role in snuffing out the illegal drug ring out.
“I appreciate all the hard work put in by our investigators, narcotic officers, the West Jefferson Police Department and Chief Grogan as well as the State Bureau of Investigation,” Williams said.
Williams and the ACSO believe that the community can play a vital role in the continuing war on drugs in Ashe County.
“I would also ask the public that anytime they have information on illegal drug activity or on anything that we should know about to contact me personally or Ashe County Crime Stoppers,” Williams said. “We appreciate the support of the community as we continue our war on drugs.”
Ashe County Crime Stoppers can be reached at (336) 846-4188.