26 people indicted in drug investigation spanning five states

- Twenty-six people are facing a slew of charges following a massive drug investigation that spanned five states. 

According to investigators, on October 2, 2013 members with the NC State Bureau of Investigation and the Rowan County Sheriff's Office began an investigation into an organization involved in obtaining precursor chemicals, producing methamphetamine in clandestine labs, and distributing meth. 

As the investigation progressed, police said a group involved in distributing a large amount of crystal meth were also identified. 

Investigators also located 11 locations in various counties where the meth was produced and made multiple seizures of hazardous materials associated with the production of meth. 

In three separate cases, methamphetamine labs were found inside vehicles and were seized and processed. 

Investigators said based upon multiple interviews and seizures, they estimated the group produced and/or distributed meth that had a street value in excess of $4 million. 

The results were taken to the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Grand Jury for USDC-MDNC returned a true bill of indictment on October 1, 2014. Twenty-six people were indicted as a result. 

Those 26 people were taken into federal custody during the next three months. 

The majority of the defendants were located in North Carolina, but four of the defendants were found in Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Indiana. 

List of defendants: 

Jessie Don Woodhull (Conspiracy to PWIM Meth) 110 months Bureau of Prisons followed by 3 years of supervised release.

April Marie Woodhull (Conspiracy to PWIM Meth) 60 months Incarceration BOP; 3 years S/R.

Georgia Lee Bellamy (Conspiracy to PWIM Meth) 64 months BOP; 3 years S/R.

Joshua Dean Atwell (Conspiracy to PWIM Meth) 15 months BOP; 3 years S/R

Brian Lee Holt (Conspiracy to PWIM Meth) 12 months BOP; 3 years S/R.

Rickey Harding Wagner, Jr. (Conspiracy to PWIM Meth) 32 months BOP;  3 years S/R to be served consecutive to 618-924 month sentence to NCDOC on related sex offense charges.

Amber Lynn Pierontoni (Conspiracy to PWIM Meth) 36 months BOP; 3 years S/R.

Jeremy Andrew Atkins (Conspiracy to PWIM Meth) 60 months BOP; 3 years S/R.

Katie Alexandria Kerr (Conspiracy to PWIM Meth) 60 months BOP; 3 years S/R.

Sara Elizabeth Horton (Conspiracy to PWIM Meth) 60 months US Probation with first 6 months curfew and electronic monitoring.

Joseph Andrew Daniels (Conspiracy to PWIM Meth) 45 months BOP; 3 years SR.

Nicholas Shane Rabon (Conspiracy to PWIM Meth) 64 months BOP; 3 years SR.

Paul Andrew Smith (Conspiracy to PWIM Meth) 54 months BOP; 3 years SR.

Albert Ray Barringer (Conspiracy to PWIM Meth) 78 months BOP; 3 years SR.

Caleb Shane Whitley plead guilty to a series of related and unrelated felony charges in Stanly County Superior County on March 2, 2015, and received 15 months DOC suspended for 18 months of state probation. All federal charges dismissed in lieu of state prosecution.

Joshua Eran Tarlton (Conspiracy to PWIM Meth): 90 months confinement US Bureau of Prisoners; 3 years supervised release; $100 fee; $389.39 restitution for haz-mat removal.

Kimberly Jayne Davis (Conspiracy to PWIM Meth): 36 months BOP; 1 year in-house arrest; 2 years SR; $100 fee; $389.39 restitution for haz-mat removal.

Jonathon David Hilson (Conspiracy to PWIM Meth): 50 months BOP; 3 years SR; $100 fee.

Ricky Charles Holshouser, Jr.  (Conspiracy to PWIM Meth/PWIM Meth):  54 months BOP; 3 years SR; $100 fee.

Megan Victoria Yates (Conspiracy to PWIM Meth):  3 years supervised release; $100 fee.

Lindy Christie Pistone (Conspiracy to PWIM Meth): 48 months BOP; 3 years supervised release; $100 fee.

J.R. Bullard (Conspiracy to PWIM Meth): 70 months BOP; 3 years supervised release; $100 fee.

Michael Eugene Weitzel, III: (Conspiracy to PWIM Meth); 70 months BOP; 3 years supervised release; $100 fee.

Sharon Lewis Bruce: (Conspiracy to PWIM Methamphetamine): 68 months BOP; 3 years supervised release; $100 fee plus $352.54 for hazmat removal fine.

Nicholas Cody Baker: (Conspiracy to PWIM Methamphetamine): 92 months BOP; 3 years supervised release; $100 assessment fee plus $352.54 for hazmat removal fine.

Gary Wayne Lyles: (Conspiracy to PWIM Methamphetamine): 82 months BOP; 3 years supervised release, $100 assessment fee.

Two firearms were recovered during the course of the investigation.

Due to the inherent dangers involved with the production of methamphetamine and the hazardous nature of the precursor chemicals and the chemical processes involved, no vehicles or properties used as sites for clandestine methamphetamine labs were seized or processed for forfeiture, police say. 

Agents determined that clandestine methamphetamine labs were operated at the following locations:

  • 320 Goodman Drive, Salisbury, NC
  • 340 Goodman Drive, Salisbury, NC
  • 165 Scaleybrook Drive, Salisbury, NC
  • 1070 Matika Drive, Salisbury, NC
  • 1535 Ribelin Road, Salisbury, NC
  • 1018 Church Street, Faith, NC
  • 155 Beth Drive, China Grove, NC
  • 4385 Highway 200, Stanfield, NC
  • RCC Western Store, 8111 Concord Mills Boulevard, Concord, NC (Concord Mills Mall)

In addition to the above addresses, clandestine methamphetamine labs were found inside vehicles at the following locations:

  • US Highway 29, Salisbury, NC
  • NC Highway 150,
  • Mooresville, NCUS Highway 74/NC Highway 38, Hamlet, NC

The investigation and the prosecution of these defendants has led to other related investigations, police say. 
 

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