FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - February 12, 2009
OPERATION JUICED OUT DEFENDANT SENTENCED
WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on Thursday, February 5, 2009, Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced SAMUEL FAIRCLOTH, 42, of Autryville, North Carolina, to 64 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release. Restitution in the amount of $4,957.89 was imposed.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on August 13, 2008. On November 10, 2008, FAIRCLOTH pled guilty To conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than five grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. This case is part of the investigation entitled Juiced Out targeting the methamphetamine trafficking problem in Sampson County in which Craig Hobbs is considered the lynch pin. On February 12, 2008, Sampson County Probation along with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office performed a search at FAIRCLOTH’s residence after FAIRCLOTH was caught with a container of fake urine during a probation urine screen. Officers found items commonly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, to include Coleman fuel, plastic tubing, pseudo, filters, Hot Power, lithium batteries and other suspected lab items. Further investigation revealed that FAIRCLOTH obtained anhydrous ammonia, a key ingredient in methamphetamine, from Hobbs approximately a dozen times and received between a quart and a gallon each time. FAIRCLOTH paid Hobbs for the ammonia with money, pseudoephedrine and methamphetamine. FAIRCLOTH had cooked approximately 290 grams of methamphetamine.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Sampson County Probation Office and the Sampson County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Wells served as prosecutor for the government.
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