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Large-Scale Methamphetamine Trafficker Is Sentenced To 16 Years In Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina
Co-defendant Has Pleaded Guilty and Is Awaiting Sentencing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A large-scale methamphetamine trafficker was sentenced to 192 months in prison today, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Jeffrey Scott Ohmer, 34, of Morganton, N.C. was also ordered to serve 5 years under court supervision after he is released from prison. Ohmer’s girlfriend and co-defendant, Destiny Nicole Miller, 36, also of Morganton, has pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and is awaiting sentencing.

Bennie Mims, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division, and Sheriff Alan C. Jones of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) join U.S. Attorney King in making today’s announcement.

According to filed court documents and court proceedings, on April 5, 2022, CCSO deputies encountered Ohmer and Miller driving in a vehicle that had been reported stolen. Ohmer was the driver of the vehicle and Miller was in the front passenger seat. A traffic stop was initiated during which deputies searched Miller, Ohmer, and the vehicle. Deputies retrieved from Miller’s waistband a zipper bag that contained methamphetamine. Deputies also located in the front seat area of the vehicle a box of quart size Ziploc bags and a set of digital scales. Both Ohmer and Miller were charged with state drug offenses.

Court records show that on October 27, 2022, CCSO deputies encountered Ohmer driving a vehicle and attempted to pull him over for a traffic violation. CCSO deputies searched Ohmer’s vehicle and located a black backpack. Inside the backpack they found 12 Ziploc bags containing methamphetamine with a combined weight of 1.3 kilograms, a handgun with an extended magazine, 29 rounds of ammunition, two bags of marijuana, and digital scales. Over the course of the investigation, law enforcement determined that Ohmer possessed over 15 pounds of methamphetamine, which he sold to other local distributors.

According to court records, on November 1, 2022, CCSO deputies learned that Miller was attempting to sell a fully automatic machine gun on Ohmer’s behalf. During an undercover operation, Miller met with an undercover officer (UC) and a confidential informant (CI) who told Miller they were interested in buying guns and drugs. Miller sold the UC a machine gun with a silencer, a pistol, and ammunition. Miller sold the CI approximately 7.8 grams of methamphetamine. 

In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney King thanked the ATF and CCSO for their investigation of the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Boykin of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Updated April 4, 2024

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses