Final defendant sentenced in meth conspiracy

James Skyler Sebastian
James Skyler Sebastian

ABINGDON, Va. — The final defendant in a vast conspiracy to distribute meth in southwestern Virginia has been sentenced.

James Skyler Sebastian, 28, was sentenced to 14 years in prison, during sentencing in federal court in Abingdon on Tuesday.

Sebastian had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy and distribution charges.

The case was part of a wide-ranging federal investigation authorities had dubbed “Operation California Dreamin’.” The scheme involved moving large amounts to meth from California to sell in southwestern Virginia and northeastern Tennessee.

Twenty-seven people from Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia and California were convicted in the case, receiving sentences ranging between 5 years and 25 years.