STATESVILLE-A Jefferson man was one of 15 methamphetamine traffickers sentenced to federal prison this week by a U.S. District Court judge.
Gregory Ryan Ellis, 39, was sentenced to 235 months in prison, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office press release. That term will be followed by five years supervised release.
The prosecution of Ellis and others stem from an ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation led by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Several local agencies, including the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office and Boone Police Department also assisted in the investigation that led to the convictions.
To date, more than 90 individuals have been convicted as a result of the long term investigation. Court records show that the drug trafficking organizations involved have trafficked methamphetamine worth millions of dollars.
Over the course of the investigation, law enforcement seized multiple kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, $100,000 in U.S. currency, and dozens of firearms.