Armed Methamphetamine Trafficker is Sentenced to 11 Years in Federal
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Today, U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Joel Wesley Creech, 45, of Brevard, N.C., to 132 months in prison for trafficking methamphetamine, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Judge Reidinger also imposed five years of supervised release following incarceration.
According to filed documents and information introduced at the sentencing hearing, between 2020 and 2022, Creech was responsible for trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine in McDowell, Haywood, Transylvania, and Buncombe Counties. Court documents show that Creech supplied the methamphetamine to other individuals for further local distribution. On June 22, 2021, law enforcement executed search warrant at Creech’s residence, where they seized more than 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine buried in Creech’s backyard, and $2,950 in cash. Law enforcement also seized eight firearms, some of which were loaded, multiple high-capacity magazines, and multiple of rounds of ammunition. According to court records, over the course of the conspiracy, Creech was responsible for assisting and distributing multiple kilograms of methamphetamine.
On April 24, 2023, Creech pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He remains in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility.
In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney King thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Haywood County Sherriff’s Office, Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office, and the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office for their investigation of this case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Hess, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville, prosecuted the case.
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