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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Fourteen Members Of Methamphetamine Trafficking Ring Are Charged With Drug Conspiracy And Related Charges

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Fourteen members of a methamphetamine trafficking ring have been charged with federal drug conspiracy and related drug and firearms offenses, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. The federal indictment was unsealed in court today.

Seven of those charged have been arrested by federal, state and local law enforcement, and the remaining seven defendants are currently incarcerated on unrelated charges. The arrests are the result of a multi-agency investigation targeting the trafficking of methamphetamine from Georgia into Western North Carolina. 

 “With methamphetamine trafficking on the rise, it is crucial that we continue to team up with our law enforcement counterparts to stem the flow of this dangerous drug, disrupt drug pipelines, and prosecute traffickers who plague our neighborhoods and imperil our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.

“Methamphetamine poses a clear and present danger to the health and safety of communities,” said Robert J. Murphy, the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division. “Because of the unified effort of all law enforcement agencies involved and the subsequent prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, we have dismantled this alleged drug conspiracy, and these defendants will no longer be able to distribute this toxic drug that destroys lives and communities.”

“The trafficking of methamphetamine into our country and its spread through our communities is a national crisis. Together, through our partnerships with the DEA and the United States Attorney’s Office, we are fighting this battle as a united front,” said Sheriff Donald G. Brown II, of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.

According to allegations contained in the criminal indictment unsealed today in federal court, from 2018 through April 2019, the 14 defendants were involved in a drug conspiracy that trafficked and distributed methamphetamine in Catawba, Lincoln, Caldwell, and Alexander Counties and elsewhere in Western North Carolina.  Over the course of the investigation, law enforcement seized at least 23 firearms, and more than $250,000 in drug proceeds. The 14 defendants charged are: 

  • Thomas Dewayne Simmons, Jr., 34, of Snellville, Georgia.
  • Ruth Marie Duggar, 36, of Claremont, N.C.
  • Kimberly Deann Bumgarner, 55, of Claremont, N.C.
  • Cynthia Roxanne Shook, 34, of Catawba, N.C.
  • Lowell Thomas Messer, 32, of Sherrills Ford, N.C.  
  • Samantha Jean Taylor, 26, of Newton, N.C.
  • Jason Keith Reichard, 38, of Newton, N.C. 
  • Aaron Douglas Goodson, 29, of Maiden, N.C. (in custody on state charges)
  • Priscilla Chapman Lambert, 33, of Hickory, N.C.  (in custody on state charges)
  • Jonathan Corey Daniel, 31, currently incarcerated in the Georgia Department of Corrections.
  • Tiffany Christmas Hirani, 33, currently incarcerated at the Clayton County        Sheriff’s Office Detention Center in Jonesboro, Georgia.
  • James Kristoffer Cantley, 38, currently incarcerated at the Robert A. Detention Center in Lovejoy, Georgia.
  • Brian Duane Martz, 40, currently incarcerated in the Georgia Department of Corrections.
  • Michael James Notheisen, 34, currently incarcerated in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

All 14 defendants are charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine, which carries a statutory minimum prison term of ten years and a maximum term of life in prison, and a $10 million fine.  Some defendants face additional drug possession and distribution charges and/or related firearms offenses. (See chart below for a breakdown of federal charges and maximum penalties for each defendant). 

The charges contained in the indictment are allegations.  The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law.

In making today’s announcement U.S. Attorney Murray thanked the following agencies for their investigative efforts which led to federal charges: the DEA in Charlotte, Asheville, and Atlanta; the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation; the North Carolina State Highway Patrol; the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office; the Newton Police Department; the Conover Police Department; the Maiden Police Department; the Hickory Police Department; the Longview Police Department; the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office; the Granite Falls Police Department; the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office; the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office; the Huntersville Police Department; the Cornelius Police Department; the Mint Hill Police Department; the Pineville Police Department; the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department; the Monroe Police Department; the Taylorsville Police Department; the Gaston County Police Department; the Georgia Highway Patrol; the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia; the Georgia Bureau of Investigation; the Georgia Department of Corrections; the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia; and the Commerce Police Department in Georgia.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Hess, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, is prosecuting the case.                                 

 

DEFENDANT

COUNTS

CHARGE

STATUTORY PENALTIES

Jonathan Corey Daniel

a/k/a “Ambush”

a/k/a “Ambush Newage”

a/k/a “Orion Bls Newage”

1

 

Methamphetamine Conspiracy

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

 

23, 25

 

Distribution and Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

Tiffany Christmas Hirani

a/k/a “Tiffany Christmas”

1

                               

Methamphetamine Conspiracy

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

 

11

Distribution and Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

James Kristoffer Cantley

1

 

Methamphetamine Conspiracy

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

 

2, 8, 14

                               

Possess a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

5 years to life in prison, consecutive to a sentence imposed on a drug count,  maximum fine of $250,000

 

3, 9, 15

Possess Firearms by Felon

0 to 10 years in prison, maximum fine of $250,000

 

6, 10

 

Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

 

7

Possess with Intent to Distribute Heroin

0 to 20 years in prison, maximum fine of $1,000,000

 

13

Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,000

Aaron Douglas Goodson

1

 

Methamphetamine Conspiracy

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

 

10, 11, 18

 

 

Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

 

12, 19

Possess Firearms in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

5 years to life in prison, consecutive to a sentence imposed on a drug count,  maximum fine of $250,000

Cynthia Roxanne Shook

a/k/a “Roxi Johnson”

a/k/a “Roxi Shook

1

Methamphetamine Conspiracy

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

 

4

Distribution and Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

0 to 20 years in prison, maximum fine of $1,000,000

 

5

Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

Brian Duane Martz

a/k/a “B”

 

1

Methamphetamine Conspiracy

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

Priscilla Chapman Lambert

a/k/a “Priscilla Sweetp Chapman”

a/k/a “Sweet Pea”

a/k/a “Sweet P”                     

1

Methamphetamine Conspiracy

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

Thomas Dewayne Simmons, Jr

a/k/a “Tommy”

a/k/a “Tommy Simons”

1

Methamphetamine Conspiracy

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

 

23, 25

Distribution and Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

Ruth Marie Duggar

a/k/a “White Girl”

1

 

Methamphetamine Conspiracy

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

 

24, 26

Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

Kimberly Deann Bumgarner

a/k/a “Momma”

a/k/a “Momma Kim”

1

 

Methamphetamine Conspiracy

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

 

24, 26

Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

Michael James Notheisen

a/k/a “Mike Bebollin”

a/k/a “BE BAllin”

a/k/a “B Ballin”

 

1

 

Methamphetamine Conspiracy

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

 

20, 28

Possess with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances

5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,000

 

21, 31

Possess with Intent to Distribute Heroin

0 to 20 years in prison, maximum fine of $1,000,000

 

22, 29, 32

Possess Firearms in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

5 years to life in prison, consecutive to a sentence imposed on a drug count,  maximum fine of $250,000

 

27

Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

 

33

Possess Firearms by Felon

0 to 10 years in prison, maximum fine of $250,000

Lowell Thomas Messer, Jr.

1

Methamphetamine Conspiracy

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

 

16

Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,000

 

17, 34

 

 

Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

Samantha Jean Taylor

1

 

Methamphetamine Conspiracy

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

Jason Keith Reichard

1

Methamphetamine Conspiracy

10 years to life in prison, maximum fine of $10,000,000

 

 

30

Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

5 to 40 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000,000

 

 

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated July 1, 2020