JULY 15 (CHARLOTTE, N.C.) - Thirty men and women have been charged to date with methamphetamine trafficking and firearms offenses as a result of Operation “Dixie Crystal,” announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. To date, 17 defendants have pleaded guilty to the charges.
Operation “Dixie Crystal” is a joint drug task force operation which began in 2012, targeting significant methamphetamine traffickers in Ashe, Allegheny, Caldwell, Watauga, Wilkes Counties, and Johnson County in Tennessee.
“The success of this investigation speaks of the continued dedication of our local, state and federal law enforcement partners in targeting and dismantling meth distribution rings that profit by spreading their poison in our communities. Strong partnerships such as this one underscore the power of our combined forces and demonstrate our collective impact on the war against meth,” said U.S. Attorney Tompkins.According to filed court documents and court proceedings, beginning in 2003 and continuing to the present, the co-conspirators have sold more than 200 pounds of methamphetamine, with a street value of more than $4,000,000. Over the course of the investigation, law enforcement seized approximately 30 firearms, five vehicles, 20 pounds of methamphetamine, and $150,000 in U.S. currency.