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
Angela Henley Beck, 42, same address, 15 years 9 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
Johnny Ray Bowman, 45, 11 years 2 months
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
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
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
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
Samantha Renee Edmonds, 19, 138 Rons Way, Mount Airy, 2 years 6 months
Casey Renee Cockerham, 21, 171 Cook Lane, 2 years 3 months
April Lee Badgett, 36, 270 Woodbridge Dr., Mount Airy
Jessica Nichols Sams, 23, 160 Badgett Farm Trail, Dobson
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
Andrew Clay Edmonds, 21, 138 Rons Way, Mount Airy, 8 months