A Burke County woman is among 25 individuals who were charged in connection to a federal multi-agency investigation into methamphetamine trafficking and illegal firearm possession in western North Carolina. On Sunday (August 15), teams of federal, state and local law enforcement arrested 19 of those charged. Two additional defendants currently in state custody will be transferred to federal custody to face their charges. Four defendants had not been arrested. Acting U.S. Attorney William T. Stetzer announced the arrests Monday (August 16).
The criminal indictments, which were returned by a grand jury on August 3, and were unsealed Monday in federal court, are the result of a coordinated year-long joint law enforcement investigation into drug trafficking activity and illegal firearm possession in and around Buncombe, Jackson, and Haywood Counties. Over the course of the investigation, which began in April 2020 and wrapped up in May 2021, law enforcement seized meth, more than a dozen illegally possessed firearms, various types of ammunition, and more than $12,000 in drug proceeds.
27-year-old Lindsay Nicole Cobb of Burke County is charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Both charges carry a sentence of ten years to life in prison, a maximum fine of $10,000, and at least five years of supervised release. As of the most recent release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the western District of North Carolina, Cobb had not been arrested.
Cobb is the only Hickory Metro area resident charged in this investigation. The other suspects are residents of McDowell County, Clyde, Canton, Waynesville, Candler, and Sylva, N.C., Blythewood, S.C., and Norcross, GA. The defendants arrested Sunday remained in federal custody.