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MONDAY - December 22, 2008

“JUICED OUT” NETTED EIGHT, TO DATE, IN SAMPSON COUNTY

CLINTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding and Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton announced in a press conference today that eight individuals have been Indicted for the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine in the Sampson County area. On October 1, 2008, a Federal Grand Jury returned an Indictment on CRAIG HOBBS, 43, of Clinton, North Carolina. On December 16, 2008, HOBBS pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 846.

ADAM STRICKLAND, 23, of Faison, North Carolina; SABRINA ROYAL, 23, of Clinton, North Carolina; COREY HARMON, 20, of Fayetteville, North Carolina; SAMUEL FAIRCLOTH, 42, of Autryville, North Carolina; WILLIAM PASCHAL, 32, of Stedman, North Carolina; STEVEN MCCLENNY, 51, of Roseboro, North Carolina; and RAMON SINGLETON, 29, of Newton Grove, North Carolina, were Indicted on August 13, 2008. On December 8, 2008, HARMON, and December 9, 2008, ROYAL and STRICKLAND, respectively, pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United State Code, Section 924(c). On November 10, 2008, FAIRCLOTH pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846. On October 14, 2008, PASCHAL pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. On October 7, 2008, and December 9, 2008, SINGLETON and MCCLENNY, respectively, pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of methamphetamine.

The charge of conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine carries a maximum penalty of up to life imprisonment followed by up to five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $4,000,000. The maximum penalty for the charge of conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of methamphetamine is up to 20 years imprisonment followed by three years supervised release and a fine of up to $1,000,000. For the charge of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime the maximum penalty is up to life imprisonment, consecutive to any other term of imprisonment imposed, followed by five years supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

According to the investigation, HOBBS is the lynch pin in the methamphetamine trafficking problem in Sampson County. HOBBS legally purchased anhydrous ammonia and then sold it for the production of methamphetamine. He received a license in 2004 to purchase anhydrous ammonia in conjunction with a heating and air conditioning business he claimed to own. While HOBBS would take money as payment for anhydrous, he preferred to take a cut of the methamphetamine as a fee. HOBBS has sold or bartered anhydrous ammonia to the co-conspirators to “cook” meth. The estimated low-ball total amount of methamphetamine that can be attributed to this methamphetamine conspiracy is 4.29 kilograms of a mixture containing methamphetamine.

At the press conference today, Mr. Holding stated, “The Sampson County Sheriff’s Office and the SBI investigated these labs and determined there was a ring of meth cooks and pill purchasers who were the root cause of the deadly meth problem they were confronting.” Further, Mr. Holding commends the work of these two office by stating, “They have worked hard to help put an end to this problem in Sampson County.”

Sheriff Thornton stated, “Methamphetamine is a dangerous drug that can be deadly not only for the persons who use and make it, but for persons who live near the clandestine labs that produce the substance. This drug has destroyed many lives and will continue to destroy lives, unless some type of intervention occurs. Through the gracious efforts of those involved, we were able to launch “Juiced Out.”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the State Bureau of Investigation and the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Wells served as prosecutor for the government.

 

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