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Hickory Metro Residents Indicted In Federal Drug Case
Top Row, L-R: Charles Ray Hildebran, Phillip Anthony Godfrey Bottom Row, L-R: Britton Nicole Metcalf and Billy Dean Potter
Photos courtesy of Catawba County Sheriff's Office

Hickory Metro Residents Indicted In Federal Drug Case

46-year-old Charles Ray Hildebran of Hickory, 47-year-old Phillip Anthony Godfrey of Newton, 34-year-old Britton Nicole Metcalf of Morganton, and 36-year-old Billy Dean Potter of Hickory, have all been indicted in a federal drug case. They were all indicted on charges of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute meth. They’re also charged with firearms offenses. 52-year-old Jeffrey ben Pavkovich of Gainesville, Georgia, has also been indicted in connection to this alleged conspiracy.

According to information released by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, a joint investigation conducted by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies dismantled a narcotics trafficking network that was reportedly responsible for the distribution of meth in the Catawba Valley. During the course of the investigation law enforcement seized 20 illegal firearms, multiple kilograms of Methamphetamine and more than $100,000 in U.S. Currency. All of the defendants are in federal custody at this time.

The following agencies were involved in this investigation: The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina; The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Charlotte and Atlanta; the Department of Homeland Security- Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation(SBI); the North Carolina Highway Patrol (SHP); the North Carolina Department of Public Safety Community Corrections; the Georgia Department of Corrections; the Burke County Sheriff’s Office; the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office; the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office; the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office; the Hickory Police Department; the Long View Police Department; and the Newton Police Department.