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Charlotte Woman Sentenced in Middle District for Conspiracy Drug Trafficking After Multi-State Operation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of North Carolina

WINSTON SALEM – A North Carolina woman was sentenced today to 14 years in prison, after pleading guilty to a one-count indictment which charged her and six codefendants with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute quantities of methamphetamine. The case was part of a multi-state organized crime investigation, announced United States Attorney Sandra J. Hairston of the Middle District of North Carolina (MDNC).  

BETTY ODESSA DOVER, age 49, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was sentenced to a 168-month term of imprisonment by the Honorable Loretta C. Biggs, United States District Judge in the United States District Court for the MDNC.  In addition to prison time, DOVER was ordered to serve three years of supervised release and to pay a special assessment of $100.00.  She pleaded guilty on September 15, 2022, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, a violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 846 and 841(b)(1)(C). 

According to court records, in 2020, various law enforcement agencies began investigating a drug trafficking organization based in Mexico. Members of this organization had been previously convicted in the MDNC for drug trafficking. Defendants in another drug-related case had reported picking up tens of thousands of dollars at a time from DOVER and dropping off money and kilogram amounts of cocaine to DOVER for the drug trafficking organization. During the investigation into those offenses, investigators executed a search warrant at DOVER’s home and recovered 238 grams of cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and three firearms. DOVER admitted to investigators during an interview that she had participated in the purchasing and selling of drugs along with another codefendant, Whitney Leigh Estep, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine on March 10, 2023.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, and multiple sheriff’s offices and police departments across North Carolina.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jacob D. Pryor.


Updated March 31, 2023