76-year old to serve 14 years for growing, distributing marijuana


ABINGDON, Va. (WRIC) — A 76-year-old man from Duffield, Va., was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison Thursday on marijuana and illegal firearm charges. 

Claude G. Sloan, who was on a supervised release for a previous conviction for arson, pled guilty in August to manufacturing and possessing more than 100 marijuana plants with the intent to distribute. Sloan also pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of marijuana and illegally in possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. 

Sloan had previously been convicted of manufacturing marijuana in 2000 and had been on federal supervised release since 2014. 

“As this case illustrates, we are committed to working with our federal, state, and local partners to target violent and recidivist offenders within specific communities and send them to federal prison,” U.S. Attorney Cullen said today. “We are particularly grateful for the hard work of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Southwest Drug Task Force in making their community safer.”

An investigation revealed evidence that Sloan went back to selling and growing marijuana just two years after his release in 2014. Authorities also obtained an audio recording of Sloan asking another individual to burn down Sloan’s neighbor’s house. 

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