On May 17, 2019, Gromer Jenkins was convicted of six counts of distribution of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute. On August 19, 2019, Mr. Jenkins was sentenced by the Court on July 11, 2019 without a plea agreement from prosecutors to ten years in prison with five years and nine months suspended. Thus, Mr. Jenkins will serve an active sentence of four years and three months in the custody of the Virginia Department of Corrections. He will have to complete ten years of probation following his release.
On May 3, 2019, Amber Jenkins was convicted of two counts of distributing methamphetamine, one count of conspiring to distribute, and one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. On August 19, 2019, Mrs. Jenkins was sentenced by the court without a plea agreement from prosecutors to six years with two years and six months suspended. Thus, Mrs. Jenkins will serve an active sentence of three years and six months in the custody of the Virginia Department of Corrections. She will have to complete two years of supervised probation following her release.
In the spring of 2018, law enforcement began investigating Gromer and Amber Jenkins upon suspicion that the two were working together to distribute methamphetamine in Wise County. In June and July 2018, on more than one occasion, the pair sold methamphetamine at their residence to undercover agents working for the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force. The investigation culminated with officers serving a search warrant at the Jenkins residence on July 23, 2018. While searching the residence, officers found methamphetamine, digital scales, and small clear baggies. All of these items were consistent with distribution of methamphetamine.
Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Steven Davis was the lead prosecutor in the case. Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp said, "Methamphetamine is a dangerous, highly addictive, and destructive drug. We are thankful for the hard work of the Southwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force and the DTF's member agencies. Their diligence made these convictions possible and illustrate our ongoing efforts to eradicate the scourge of methamphetamine across southwest Virginia."