The case stems from an investigation by the Southwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force into the distribution of dangerous synthetic drugs in Wise County and the City of Norton. Evidence showed that in November 2013, Mullins distributed one plastic bag of a off-white substance in the Ramsey Section of Norton for profit. The substance was analyzed and found to contain the dangerous synthetic drug alpha-PVP, commonly known as "Bath Salts" or "Gravel."
Evidence also showed that on November 30, 2016, Mullins thrust himself into an unrelated police situation which resulted in additional criminal charges for Mullins. On that date, officers from the Town of Pound Police Department responded to a call for unauthorized use of a vehicle at a Gas Station in Pound, Virginia. While obtaining information for the vehicle from the owner, Mullins exited the gas station and proceeded to attempt to interfere in the discussion between officers and the vehicle's owner. After Mullins was advised to leave the area until officers were finished with police business, Mullins went back inside the business and called 911. According to Town of Pound Police Chief Tony Baker, Mullins then reported to Wise County Central Dispatch that "there were two knucklehead cops that didn't know what they were doing, and that he was a lawyer and knew the law better than the police." While on the phone with 911, officers checked with Mullins and learned that he had two outstanding warrants. Mullins is not a lawyer. Upon his arrest, Mullins was searched and found to be in possession of a substance that was later analyzed to be methamphetamine, a Schedule II drug.
The case was prosecuted by Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp and Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Ross Phillips.
Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp praised the contribution of the Southwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, the Task Force's member agencies, and officers from the Town of Pound Police Department for their work in investigating the cases and assisting in preparation for trial.