Two Convicted In Major Drug Conspiracy

Abingdon, VA – Two members of a drug distribution organization that trafficked methamphetamine, heroin, oxycodone, cocaine, and other drugs from Georgia into Southwest Virginia were recently found guilty following a five-day jury trial in federal court on drug conspiracy charges. 51-year-old Roy Lee Dykes of Watkinsville, Ga., formerly of Big Stone Gap, Va., was convicted of one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, in addition to cocaine, heroin, and oxycodone. Dykes was also convicted of 17 counts of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute controlled substances dates. At sentencing, Dykes faces a mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum statutory penalty of up to life in prison and/or a fine of up to $10 million. 57-year-old Leila Varetta “Rita” Hector-Dykes of Watkinsville, Ga., was also convicted of one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, in addition to cocaine, heroin, and oxycodone. Hector-Dykes was also convicted of one count of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute controlled substances. At sentencing, Hector-Dykes faces a mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum statutory penalty of up to life in prison and/or a fine of up to $10 million. In all, 11 individuals were charged as part of this drug trafficking conspiracy. All 11 defendants have now been convicted. Dykes and Hector-Dykes are scheduled for sentencing on December 19, 2019. The investigation of this case was conducted by various federal agencies along with the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force, Virginia State Police, Big Stone Gap Police Department, Wise County Sheriff’s Department and the City of Norton Police Department.