Meth trafficking ring busted in Ashehville, 12 charged
ASHEVILLE — Charges have been filed against 12 people involved in a methamphetamine trafficking ring spanning at least three counties, U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins announced Tuesday.
According to Black Mountain News, an indictment unsealed this month states that the members of the drug ring conspired to possess and distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine or more than 500 grams of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine from June 2012 to July 2012.
The operation was primarily in Buncombe, McDowell and Cleveland counties, the indictment alleges.
They were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Each of the 12 defendants in the trafficking ring were also charged with engaging in a narcotics conspiracy.
They face a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life imprisonment, plus a $10 million fine.
Three suspects remain at-large.
The seven N.C. residents remain in custody.
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