43-year-old Stephanie Teresa Carver of Newton was convicted yesterday (June 5) in Catawba Co. Criminal Superior Court of felony trafficking in opiates by transportation. Carver was sentenced to no less than 70 months and no more than 93 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction. She was also ordered to pay a $50,000 fine.
The crime occurred in August 2013 in Catawba County. The defendant was a passenger on a motorcycle that was stopped at a license checkpoint conducted by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. During the vehicle stop, Officers discovered Carver had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. She was taken into custody, and, as she was being processed, Officers found two bags of controlled substances on Carver’s person. The substances were alprazolam and a dihydrocodeinone-opium derivative.
Trooper M. Adams of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol handled the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Kyle Smith prosecuted the case. The Honorable Eric Levinson presided over the conviction.
Carver will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction in Raleigh for processing.