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Sandra Parlier

Originally published: 2012-11-08 14:17:56
Last modified: 2012-11-08 14:17:56

Elk Park woman guilty in meth conspiracy

by Staff Reports

After a one-day trial in U.S. District Court, a jury convicted Sandra E. Parlier of Elk Park on Nov. 6 with conspiracy to manufacture more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, according to the Watauga County Sheriff's Office.

The sentencing is set for March 5, 2013 in U.S. District Court in Greeneville, Tenn. Parlier, 54, faces a sentence of at least 10 years to life for the conspiracy conviction.

In 2008, officers with the Watauga County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Unit began an investigation into a large-scale meth manufacturing organization in North Carolina and Tennessee.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration also became involved in the investigation and in May 2012, 11 people from Tennessee and North Carolina were indicted.

Individuals identified Parlier as one of the early participants in the conspiracy, responsible for purchasing large quantities of pseudoephedrine and other precursors necessary to manufacture methamphetamine, according to the Watauga County Sheriff's Office.

Pharmacy records confirmed that from 2007 to 2012 Parlier had purchased more than 132 grams of pseudoephedrine, which was used to manufacture methamphetamine.

The conspiracy was responsible for the manufacture of more than two kilograms of methamphetamine during a 10-year period.