ABINGDON, Va. – In a significant legal development, Randall Scott Hileman, a 56-year-old resident of Wise County, Virginia, was sentenced yesterday to a 10-year term in federal prison. Hileman pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including conspiring to distribute and possessing with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. The sentence also encompasses charges related to the illegal possession of firearms, given Hileman's status as a convicted felon.
The conviction stems from five undercover drug transactions conducted in 2021 and 2022, during which Hileman was found to have sold methamphetamine to informants. The situation escalated when law enforcement in Wise County attempted to apprehend Hileman in September 2022 on outstanding warrants, resulting in a standoff. During this confrontation, Hileman was discovered in possession of four firearms and various ammunition. Due to his previous felony drug convictions, Hileman was prohibited from owning any firearms.
Following his arrest, Hileman admitted his association with co-defendant Justin Elliott, previously identified by law enforcement as a methamphetamine trafficker. Elliott's arrest in August 2021 in Coeburn, Virginia, had led to the seizure of a substantial quantity of methamphetamine and additional firearms. The investigation revealed that both Hileman and Elliott were not only involved in distributing methamphetamine throughout Southwest Virginia but also admitted to trafficking a substantial quantity of crystal ice methamphetamine into the region over a two-year period. This included over 30 kilograms of methamphetamine, with some being of 100% purity. In May 2023, Justin Elliott was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison.
The sentencing of Hileman to 10 years in federal prison underscores the severity of his criminal activities and serves as a significant step in dismantling a drug distribution network that plagued Southwest Virginia. The case highlights the collaborative efforts of law enforcement in addressing the challenges posed by methamphetamine trafficking and its associated dangers.