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Jeffrey Scott Ohmer
Courtesy of Caldwell County Sheriff's Office

Meth Trafficker Receives Lengthy Federal Prison Sentence

A Burke County man received a federal prison sentence of more than 15 years in a meth trafficking case.

On Thursday (April 4) 34-year-old Jeffrey Scott Ohmer of Morganton was sentenced to 192 months, or 16 years in prison for methamphetamine trafficking. The announcement was made by Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Ohmer was also ordered to serve 5 years under court supervision after he is released from prison. Ohmer’s girlfriend and co-defendant, 36-year-old Destiny Nicole Miller, also of Morganton, has pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and is awaiting sentencing.

Caldwell County Sheriff Alan Jones was among those joining U.S. Attorney King in making the announcement.

According to filed court documents and court proceedings, on April 5, 2022, Caldwell County Sheriff’s deputies encountered Ohmer and Miller driving in a vehicle that had been reported stolen. Ohmer was the driver of the vehicle and Miller was in the front passenger seat. A traffic stop was initiated during which deputies searched Miller, Ohmer, and the vehicle. Deputies retrieved from Miller’s waistband a zipper bag that contained meth. Deputies also located in the front seat area of the vehicle a box of quart size Ziploc bags and a set of digital scales. Both Ohmer and Miller were charged with state drug offenses.

Court records show that on October 27, 2022, officers encountered Ohmer driving a vehicle and attempted to pull him over for a traffic violation. Caldwell County deputies searched Ohmer’s vehicle and found a black backpack. Inside the backpack they found 12 Ziploc bags containing meth with a combined weight of 1.3 kilograms, a handgun with an extended magazine, 29 rounds of ammunition, two bags of marijuana, and digital scales. Over the course of the investigation, law enforcement determined that Ohmer possessed over 15 pounds of meth, which he sold to other local distributors.

Destiny Nicole Miller
Courtesy of Burke County P2C website

According to court records, on November 1, 2022, CCSO deputies learned that Miller was attempting to sell a fully automatic machine gun on Ohmer’s behalf. During an undercover operation, Miller met with an undercover officer (UC) and a confidential informant (CI) who told Miller they were interested in buying guns and drugs. Miller sold the UC a machine gun with a silencer, a pistol, and ammunition. Miller sold the CI approximately 7.8 grams of meth. 

In making the announcement, U.S. Attorney King thanked the ATF and CCSO for their investigation of the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Boykin of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte prosecuted the case.