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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Richmond County Defendants Plead Guilty In Methamphetamine Conspiracy

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Fifteen defendants from Richmond County pleaded guilty during July 2015 to methamphetamine-related offenses, announced Ripley Rand, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina.  Between the dates of July 6, 2015, and July 13, 2015, these fifteen defendants entered guilty pleas related to their involvement in the manufacture, distribution, and use of methamphetamine in and around Richmond County between 2012 and March of 2015.

Phillip Allen McGee, Thomas Leslie Snead, Jr., Tommy Brantley Jenkins, II, and Christopher Jared Jenkins each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 846.  Each faces up to 20 years imprisonment, up to a $1 million fine, a supervised release term of at least three years, and a $100 special assessment. 

Tracy Alan McDonald, Robert Allen Beck, Tristan Daniel Visingard, Jeffrey John Hodges, Christopher Scott Loftus, Jason Franklin Jacobs, Alex Baxter Odom, Jr., Nickolas Craig Smith, Nanci Brook Byrd, Cayce Leigh Honeycutt, and Taylor Dawn Loftus each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(c)(1).  Each faces up to 20 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, a supervised release term of not more than three years, and a $100 special assessment. 

Sentencing in these cases is scheduled for October 29, October 30, November 12, and November 19, 2015.

These cases were investigated by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Clifton T. Barrett.

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Updated July 24, 2015