FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - MAY 13, 2010
METHAMPHETAMINE MANUFACTURES RECEIVE FEDERAL SENTENCE
GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on May 11, 2010, Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced two Benson men for charges related to the manufacturing of methamphetamine. MAX BARBER, 40, received 100 months’ imprisonment and BRADFORD CHRISTIAN CALCOTE, 35, received 132 months’ imprisonment.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on October 8, 2009. On January 4, 2010, BARBER pled guilty to possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(c)(1). On the same day, CALCOTE pled guilty to conspiring to manufacture, distribute and dispense and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846.
On March 5, 2008, an investigation was initiated after a traffic stop involving CALCOTE occurred. During the stop, officers found 1.1 grams of methamphetamine in CALCOTE’s pocket. On June 24, 2008, methamphetamine was purchased from CALCOTE at his residence during a controlled buy. The following day a search warrant was executed at CALCOTE’s residence and materials used in the production of methamphetamine were seized. CALCOTE was arrested.
During the course of the investigation, it was learned that several individuals, including BARBER, brought pseudoephedrine pills to CALCOTE for CALCOTE to cook into methamphetamine. Through review of pharmacy transaction logs and information obtained throughout the investigation, it was learned that from 2008 until this year BARBER was in possession of 660 grams of pseudoephedrine.
On January 22, 2009, a traffic stop of the vehicle driven by CALCOTE was performed. A search revealed CALCOTE possessed Alprazolam, a prescription medication used to treat anxiety disorders, but commonly used to promote sleep when coming down from the use of recreational drugs. Found in the vehicle were components of a methamphetamine lab along with the drug’s residue.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Fayetteville Police Department, and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer E. Wells represented the government.
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