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Defendant In Federal Meth Trafficking Case Involving Hickory Metro Sentenced To More Than 17 Years In Prison

33-year-old Jonathan Corey Daniel of Monroe, Georgia, was sentenced Monday (November 7) by U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell to 210 months in prison and five years of supervised release for trafficking methamphetamine, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. In July 2021, Daniel pleaded guilty to methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and aiding and abetting.

According to filed court documents and statements made in court, Daniel was a supplier with a drug ring that trafficked methamphetamine from Georgia into Western North Carolina. From 2018 to April 2019, while Daniel was incarcerated in Georgia, he arranged the distribution of large amounts of methamphetamine to a drug network that distributed methamphetamine in counties including Catawba, Caldwell, Alexander and Lincoln. Court records show that Daniel used a contraband cell phone to communicate with his co-conspirators and to coordinate the drug distribution. Over the course of the investigation, law enforcement seized narcotics, at least 23 firearms, and more than $250,000 in drug proceeds.

Thirteen defendants were previously sentenced in this case including 40-year-old James Kristoffer Cantley of Newton, 36-year-old Priscilla Chapman Lambert of Hickory, 39-year-old Ruth Marie Duggar of Claremont, 45-year-old Lowell Thomas Messer of Newton, 27-year-old Samantha Jean Taylor of Newton, 58-year-old Kimberly Deann Bumgarner of Granite Falls, and 37-year-old Cynthia Roxanne Shook of Conover.

In making today’s announcement U.S. Attorney King thanked multiple agencies for their investigative efforts which led to the federal charges Those agencies included the DEA in Charlotte, Asheville, and Atlanta; the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation; the North Carolina State Highway Patrol; the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office; the Newton Police Department; the Conover Police Department; the Maiden Police Department; the Hickory Police Department; the Longview Police Department; the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office; the Granite Falls Police Department and the Taylorsville Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Hess, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville, prosecuted the case.