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MONDAY - March 15, 2010

FIVE SENTENCED FOR DRUG MANUFACTURING

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on March 10, 2010, United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced five defendants for the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine. APRIL MICHELLE KROB, 30, of Kenly, North Carolina, received 192 months’ imprisonment followed by 10 years supervised release, and a fine of $5,000 and restitution of $5,262.50 were imposed. CHARLES JEFFREY HAYES, 32, of Four Oaks, North Carolina, received 172 months’ imprisonment followed by 10 years supervised release and had restitution of $9,512.50 imposed. JIMMY ALAN DIXON, II, 36, of Selma, North Carolina, received 84 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release and had restitution of $5,262.50 imposed. AMY LEE SNEAD, 39, of Four Oaks, North Carolina, received 24 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release and restitution of $4,250 imposed. VANNESSA MARIE BLAND, 31, of Benson, North Carolina, received seven months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on June 24, 2009. All five defendants pled guilty to conspiring to manufacture, distribute and dispense and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.

An investigation was initiated after law enforcement were conducting surveillance on HAYES’ residence in an effort to locate KROB for a probation violation. After leaving the residence, officers stopped KROB’s vehicle, in which HAYES’ was a passenger, for a traffic violation. As officers approached the vehicle they smelled anhydrous ammonia, an ingredient used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Upon searching the vehicle, officers found components of a portable methamphetamine lab, to include a two-quart jar of 1,600 grams containing meth and pseudoephedrine, a 20-pound tank containing anhydrous ammonia, six plastic bag corners containing meth, a plastic container containing a meth residue, digital scales, lithium batteries, and other drug paraphernalia.

A search warrant was executed at HAYES’ residence where more items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine were seized. Later, HAYES anticipating a return to his residence by law enforcement requested DIXON to assist with moving other drug manufacturing items from his residence.

On January 13, 2009, officers responded to a complaint of suspicious drug-related activity at BLAND’s residence in Benson. It was learned that marijuana and drug paraphernalia were located within the residence. BLAND was arrested and a search of her purse revealed 0.1 gram of meth and drug paraphernalia. It was learned that BLAND purchased several types of illegal drugs from HAYES and that HAYES either gave money or 0.5 grams of methamphetamine to BLAND for purchasing pseudoephedrine.

On March 11, 2009, SNEAD was seen leaving the wooded area behind HAYES’ residence carrying a gas can and plastic tubing. Law enforcement was notified and a search of the residence revealed more methamphetamine production supplies. HAYES and SNEAD were arrested.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the State Bureau of Investigation and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Wells represented the government.

News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce within 48 hours of release.

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