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Burke County Man Receives Ten Years In Prison In Federal Meth Trafficking Case
On Wednesday (February 1), U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell sentenced 29-year-old Sebastian Bronson Lee Lefevers of Connelly Springs to 120 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for trafficking methamphetamine. The announcement was made by Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.
According to filed court documents and court proceedings, as early as February 2018, law enforcement began investigating Lefevers for trafficking meth. Over the course of the investigation, law enforcement utilized a confidential source to arrange the purchase of meth from Lefevers. The defendant was arrested when he came at an agreed upon location to finalize the drug transaction. At the time of the arrest, law enforcement recovered three ounces of one hundred percent pure meth from Lefevers.
According to court documents, law enforcement obtained search warrants for Lefevers’s residence and a trailer, from which they seized nearly two kilograms of marijuana packaged in four vacuum-sealed bundles; a vacuum sealer, plastic baggies, and a digital scale, all for packaging and distributing narcotics; four firearms and ammunition; and over $3,500 in drug proceeds. Over the course of the investigation, investigators determined that Lefevers was responsible for trafficking more than 13 kilograms of methamphetamine in Catawba County and the surrounding counties.
On March 30, 2022, Lefevers pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Lefevers remained in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. As of earlier today (February 2) Lefevers was being held at the Catawba County Detention Facility.
U.S. Attorney King thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the Hickory Police Department for their investigation of the case. Assistant United States Attorney Taylor G. Stout of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte prosecuted the case.