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Originally published: 2013-01-11 17:04:13
Last modified: 2013-01-11 17:04:13

Five sentenced for meth manufacturing

by Staff Reports

A group of 11 people charged in a meth manufacturing conspiracy are continuing to make their way through the courts, according to the Watauga County Sheriff's Office.

On Tuesday, Tim Miller, 47, of 8210 U.S. 321 North, Sugar Grove; Sara Farthing, 30, of Smith Henson Road, Sugar Grove; and James Trivette, 47, of 8210 U.S. 321 North, Sugar Grove, all pleaded guilty and were sentenced to federal prison sentences for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the sheriff's office announced.

Miller was sentenced to 78 months in prison, Farthing to 58 months and Trivette to 42 months for their part in the conspiracy.

On Thursday, Tommy Ward, 52, of 138 Northside Drive, Sugar Grove; and Brandy Church, 29, of 1168 S. Shady St., Mountain City, Tenn., also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Ward, the leader of the drug trafficking organization, received 151 months, and Church received 70 months for their parts in the conspiracy.

The individuals were responsible for the manufacture of more than two kilograms of methamphetamine over a 10-year period, according to the sheriff's office.

The case opened in 2008 when investigators with the Watauga County Special Operations Unit began looking into a large-scale meth manufacturing ring operating in North Carolina and Tennessee. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration joined the investigation before the 11 people were indicted in the Eastern District of Tennessee in May 2012.