Dealing Cocaine in Wise County - .30 of a gram gets you 40 years
This shows the citizens of Wise County are fed up.
Wise: On October 23, 2008, a Wise County, Va jury convicted Willie Hamler, Jr., of Big Stone Gap,
Va., of distribution of cocaine. The trial lasted two days, and was prosecuted by Deputy Commonwealth’s
Attorney Suzanne Kerney-Quillen. After deliberating for approximately an hour and a half, the jury sentenced
Hamler, 49, to 40 years in prison.
The case stemmed from a June 22, 2005, undercover drug buy from Hamler conducted by agents of the
Southwest Regional Narcotics Task Force. On that date, Hamler sold 0.30 grams of cocaine to a police
informant working with agents of the Task Force. During the two-day trial, agents from the Task Force and the
confidential informant testified about the transaction, as well as the thorough, extensive procedures utilized by
the Task Force to catch drug dealers. LINK
Wow. The folks are fed up with dope dealers and stiff sentences are coming down. 40 years for a third of a gram of blow....a fifty dollar deal got this man hammered. Welcome to Wise!