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home : state news : e-state news November 30, 2021

11/16/2021 2:04:00 PM
Thirteen Members of Drug Trafficking Ring Have Been Sentenced

Department Of Justice
Press Release


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – James Kristoffer Cantley, 39, formerly of Newton was sentenced today (November 16, 2021) by U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell to 210 months in prison and five years of supervised release for trafficking methamphetamine, announced William T. Stetzer, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. In July 2021, Cantley pleaded guilty to drug trafficking conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Cantley is one of 14 defendants indicted by a federal grand jury in June 2020, for trafficking methamphetamine from Georgia into Western North Carolina. According to filed court documents and court proceedings, from 2018 through April 2019, the defendants were involved in a drug network that trafficked and distributed methamphetamine in Catawba, Lincoln, Caldwell, and Alexander Counties and elsewhere. Over the course of the investigation, law enforcement seized narcotics, at least 23 firearms, and more than $250,000 in drug proceeds.

The other 12 other defendants sentenced to date are:

  • Michael James Notheisen, 35, of Vale, N.C., was sentenced to 240 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
  • Tiffany Christmas Hirani, 34, of Monroe, Georgia, was sentenced to 210 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
  • Aaron Douglas Goodson, 31, of Lincolnton, N.C., was sentenced to 210 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
  • Brian Duane Martz, 42, was sentenced to 191 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
  • Priscilla Chapman Lambert, 34, of Hickory, N.C., was sentenced to 151 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
  • Thomas Dewayne Simmons, Jr., 35, of Monroe, Georgia, was sentenced to 150 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
  • Ruth Marie Duggar, 38, of Claremont, N.C., was sentenced to 132 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
  • Lowell Thomas Messer, 44, of Newton, N.C., was sentenced to 120 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
  • Samantha Jean Taylor, 26, of Newton, N.C., was sentenced to 120 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
  • Kimberly Deann Bumgarner, 57, of Granite Falls, N.C., was sentenced to 60 months in prison and two years of supervised release.
  • Cynthia Roxanne Shook, 36, of Conover, N.C., was sentenced to 60 months in prison and two years of supervised release.
  • Jason Keith Reichard, 39, of Ridgecrest, N.C., was sentenced to 36 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

The remaining defendant, Jonathan Corey Daniel, has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and is currently awaiting sentencing.

In making today’s announcement Acting U.S. Attorney Stetzer thanked the following agencies for their investigative efforts which led to federal charges: the DEA in Charlotte, Asheville, and Atlanta; the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation; the North Carolina State Highway Patrol; the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office; the Newton Police Department; the Conover Police Department; the Maiden Police Department; the Hickory Police Department; the Longview Police Department; the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office; the Granite Falls Police Department; the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office; the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office; the Huntersville Police Department; the Cornelius Police Department; the Mint Hill Police Department; the Pineville Police Department; the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department; the Monroe Police Department; the Taylorsville Police Department; the Gaston County Police Department; the Georgia Highway Patrol; the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia; the Georgia Bureau of Investigation; the Georgia Department of Corrections; the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia; and the Commerce Police Department in Georgia.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Hess, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, is prosecuting the case.



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