Eleven members of a methamphetamine trafficking ring, including multiple Catawba County residents, have been ordered to serve prison sentences ranging from 36 months to 210 months for federal drug conspiracy charges. The announcement was made late last week by William T. Stetzer, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.
According to filed court documents and court proceedings, from 2018 to April 2019, the co-defendants were involved in a drug conspiracy that trafficked and distributed methamphetamine in Catawba, Lincoln, Caldwell, and Alexander Counties and elsewhere in western North Carolina. Over the course of the multi-agency investigation, law enforcement seized at least 23 firearms, and more than $250,000 in drug proceeds.
The defendants, each of whom previously pleaded guilty conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell last Wednesday (August 4) and Thursday (August 5). Some of the defendants pleaded guilty to additional charges.
56-year-old Kimberly Deann Bumgarner of Claremont was sentenced to 60 months in prison and two years of supervised release. 38-year-old Ruth Marie Dugger of Claremont was sentenced to 132 months in prison and five years of supervised release. 30-year-old Aaron Douglas Goodson of Maiden was sentenced to 210 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
34-year-old Priscilla Chapman Lambert of Hickory was sentenced to 151 months in prison and five years of supervised release. 44-year-old Lowell Thomas Messer of Newton was sentenced to 120 months in prison and five years of supervised release. 39-year-old Jason Keith Reichard of Newton was sentenced to 36 months in prison and three years of supervised release.
35-year-old Cynthia Roxanne Shook of Catawba was sentenced to 60 months in prison and two years of supervised release. 26-year-old Samantha Jean Taylor of Newton was sentenced to 120 months in prison and five years of supervised release. Three other members of the conspiracy have pleaded guilty for their participation in the drug conspiracy. Sentencing dates for those defendants have not been scheduled.
Agencies thanked by Acting U.S. Attorney Stetzer 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, Conover, Maiden, Hickory, Longview, Granite Falls, and Taylorsville Police Departments along with the Caldwell and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Offices.