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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Virginia

For Immediate Release

Thursday, March 3, 2022
Christopher R. Kavanaugh
, United States Attorney

Danville Man Sentenced for Role in Methamphetamine Conspiracy

DANVILLE, Va. – A Danville man, who was part of a conspiracy that distributed more than 500 grams of methamphetamine in the Danville area in 2018, was sentenced yesterday to 70 months in federal prison.  

Steven Ray Dove, 43, pleaded guilty in October 2020 to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine, and 50 grams or more of a substance containing methamphetamine, one count of distributing methamphetamine, and one count of distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine.  

According to court documents, beginning in March 2018, Dove conspired with Darrell William Murdock, 35 of Danville, VA, Lianna Nicole Parker, 31 of Rustburg, VA, and others to distribute methamphetamine in the Danville, Virginia area. Specifically, Dove admitted that Murdock was his main source of supply for the deadly drug.

Earlier this year, Murdock was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the conspiracy.

U.S. Attorney Christopher R. Kavanaugh of the Western District of Virginia and Charlie J. Patterson, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Washington Field Division, announced the sentence.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Danville Police Department investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachel Barish Swartz prosecuted the case.


Washington Field Division