Surry County meth bust sends 20 to prison

Surry County deputies have federally charged 20 people in connection to a two-year meth investigation. See more mugshots below.

Surry County deputies have federally charged 20 people in connection to a two-year meth investigation. See more mugshots below.

SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — Surry County deputies have federally charged 20 people in connection to a two-year meth investigation.

Authorities said the investigation resulted in the discovery of eight active meth labs across all areas of the county.

Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson said they called the investigation “Operation Arizona Tea,” because the cooks were using the same tea bottles in their production.

“Most of the suspects were arrested on state charges and then indicted at the federal level,” Atkinson said. “A few went directly to federal court.”

Atkinson said the investigation consisted of surveillance, undercover buys, and tracking pseudoephedrine purchases.

Arrests included labs in Dobson, Pilot Mountain, Mount Airy and Elkin areas.

“The investigation really shows the networking of users, producers and dealers,” Atkinson said.

Federal warrants charged the suspects with conspiracy in the meth production with involvement ranging from purchasing pseudoephedrine for production to the actual production of methamphetamine.

Sentences ranged from eight months to more than 16 years. All the sentences are in federal prison.

Those sentenced in the operation were:

Donald Ray Beck, 44, 109 Charles Beck Lane, Mount Airy, 16 years 3 months

Donald Ray Beck, 44, 109 Charles Beck Lane, Mount Airy, 16 years 3 months

Angela Henley Beck, 42, same address, 15 years 9 months

Angela Henley Beck, 42, same address, 15 years 9 months

Tommy Lee Leftwich, 46, 1795 Cook School Road, Pilot Mountain, 14 years 2 months

Tommy Lee Leftwich, 46, 1795 Cook School Road, Pilot Mountain, 14 years 2 months

Dillon Edward Leftwich, 21, same address, 13 years 6 months

Dillon Edward Leftwich, 21, same address, 13 years 6 months

Johnny Ray Bowman, 45, 11 years 2 months

Johnny Ray Bowman, 45, 11 years 2 months

Justin Shane Atkins, 24, 135 W. L Lebanon St., Mount Airy, 6 years, 1 month

Justin Shane Atkins, 24, 135 W. L Lebanon St., Mount Airy, 6 years, 1 month

Steven Edward Gwyn, 37, 136 Melissa Drive, Mount Airy, 5 years 3 months

Steven Edward Gwyn, 37, 136 Melissa Drive, Mount Airy, 5 years 3 months

Mary Ruth Cook, 1795 Cook School Road, Pilot Mountain, 4 years and 11 months

Mary Ruth Cook, 1795 Cook School Road, Pilot Mountain, 4 years and 11 months

Joshua Dylan Bennett, 21, 430 Kermit Lewis Road, Pilot Mountain, 3 years 9 months

Joshua Dylan Bennett, 21, 430 Kermit Lewis Road, Pilot Mountain, 3 years 9 months

Dustin Joseph Cochran, 44, 503 Speas Mill Road, Cana, Vs., 3 years federal probation

Dustin Joseph Cochran, 44, 503 Speas Mill Road, Cana, Vs., 3 years federal probation

Alexandria Marie Lynch, 25, 397 Ring Road, 2 years 8 months

Alexandria Marie Lynch, 25, 397 Ring Road, 2 years 8 months

Jimmy David Hunter, 42, 130 Chase Trail, Elkin, 2 years 7 months

Jimmy David Hunter, 42, 130 Chase Trail, Elkin, 2 years 7 months

Joseph Patrick Cockerham, 24, 171 Cook Lane, Pilot Mountain, 2 years 6 months

Joseph Patrick Cockerham, 24, 171 Cook Lane, Pilot Mountain, 2 years 6 months

Samantha Renee Edmonds, 19, 138 Rons Way, Mount Airy, 2 years 6 months

Samantha Renee Edmonds, 19, 138 Rons Way, Mount Airy, 2 years 6 months

Casey Renee Cockerham, 21, 171 Cook Lane, 2 years 3 months

Casey Renee Cockerham, 21, 171 Cook Lane, 2 years 3 months

April Lee Badgett, 36, 270 Woodbridge Dr., Mount Airy

April Lee Badgett, 36, 270 Woodbridge Dr., Mount Airy

Jessica Nichols Sams, 23, 160 Badgett Farm Trail, Dobson

Jessica Nichols Sams, 23, 160 Badgett Farm Trail, Dobson

Alicia Michelle Atkins, 30, 107 Comanche Lane, Mount Airy, 1 year 10 months

Alicia Michelle Atkins, 30, 107 Comanche Lane, Mount Airy, 1 year 10 months

Jennifer Lora Holding, 28, 355 Austin Drive, Mount Airy, 1 year 7 months

Jennifer Lora Holding, 28, 355 Austin Drive, Mount Airy, 1 year 7 months

Andrew Clay Edmonds, 21, 138 Rons Way, Mount Airy, 8 months

Andrew Clay Edmonds, 21, 138 Rons Way, Mount Airy, 8 months



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