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DEA Meth Probe Leads to 11 Area Arrests PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Thursday, 17 May 2012 05:31

Six Watauga County residents, one from Avery, four from just across the mountains in Tennessee—11 in all—were indicted on federal counts of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, according to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney William Killian. DEA investigators took their two state evidence to a federal grand jury in Greeneville, Tenn., returning indictments against:

Angela Auton-Miller, 29, of Boone
William A. Greene, 25, of Sugar Grove
Timothy K. Miller, 47, of Sugar Grove
Jackie D. Roten, 30, of Sugar Grove
James D. Trivette, 46, of Sugar Grove
Tommy L. Ward, 52, of Sugar Grove
Sandra E. Parlier, 53, of Elk Park
Brandy R. Church, 29, of Mountain City, Tenn.
Sara J. Farthing, 29, of Carter County, Tenn.
Minnie Carol Taylor, 36, of Carter County, Tenn.
Penny Lipford Ward, 38, of Carter County, Tenn.

Part of the Watauga investigation took place at Riverview Grocery early the morning of May 8th, and a Watauga Deputy suffered slight injuries running down one of the suspects from the scene. The 11 were indicted for conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of equipment, chemicals, products and materials that may be used to manufacture the drug, according to the release. Nine of the defendants appeared in court May 9 and one appeared in court May 11 to plead not guilty to the charges, and each could face 10 years in federal prison and fines of $10 million.  The indictment followed an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Watauga County Sheriff's Office.

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