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Five Hickory Metro Residents Sentenced In Federal Drug Trafficking Investigation
Top Row, L-R: Magnus, Miller, Dale
Bottom Row, L-R: Carroll, Pope
Courtesy of Alexander County Sheriff's Office

Five Hickory Metro Residents Sentenced In Federal Drug Trafficking Investigation

Last Thursday (October 15), U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell handed down prison sentences ranging from 63 to 200 months in prison, to five residents of the Greater Hickory Metro for their involvement in a methamphetamine trafficking ring. The announcement was made by Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Judge Bell sentenced the defendants as follows: 45-year-old Jeremy Matthew Magnus of Granite Falls was sentenced to 200 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Magnus pleaded guilty to drug trafficking conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute meth. John Brooks Miller of Hickory was sentenced to 120 months in prison and five years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute meth and possession with intent to distribute meth.

33-year-old Angela Dale of Morganton was sentenced to 97 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Dale pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute meth and possession with intent to distribute meth. 37-year-old Bradley Scott Carroll of Hildebran was sentenced to 78 months in prison and four years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute meth and possession with intent to distribute meth.

66-year-old David William Pope of Connelly Springs was sentenced to 63 months in prison and five years of supervised release. Pope pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams of meth and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of meth.

According to court documents and the sentencing hearings, from early 2019 to February 2020, Magnus and his co-conspirators trafficked crystal meth in Caldwell, Catawba and Burke Counties. Magnus was the drug conspiracy’s leader and a supplier of crystal meth to local drug networks. Court records show that Magnus and Dale frequently transported meth from Georgia to the Hickory area.

Court records show that the defendants trafficked more than 30 kilograms of meth. Over the course of this part of the investigation, law enforcement seized approximately 1.3 kilograms of meth. This case is the result of Operation “Dixie Crystal.” Since 2015, this operation has resulted in the prosecution of more than 200 individuals, and law enforcement have seized over 20 kilograms of crystal meth and more than $500,000 in U.S. currency and other assets.