Six western NC residents face meth charges

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Six people from northwestern North Carolina have been charged with conspiracy to make, possess and distribute methamphetamine.

The Charlotte Observer reported three men and three women are in custody in Alleghany and Ashe counties.

The U.S. Attorneys’ Office says investigators think the suspects made and distributed meth last year.

Each suspect also is charged with possession of pseudephedrine, used to make meth.

Three of the suspects are from Sparta: 38-year-old Christopher Michael Piasta; 22-year-old Tasha Nicole Piasta and 29-year-old Kimberly Dawn Vasquez.

Two suspects are from Piney Creek. They are 31-year-old James Derek Cardwell and 29-year-old Austion Rea Cardwell.

The other suspect is 48-year-old Cornelius McDowell of Ennice.

It was not clear if the suspects have attorneys. They fac at least 10 years in prison if they are convicted.

Credit: The Associated Press.