Federal Judge Sentences Three Methamphetamine Traffickers

Federal Judge Sentences Three Methamphetamine Traffickers

Federal Judge Sentences Three Methamphetamine Traffickers

CHARLOTTE, N.C (STL.News) Today, U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell handed down sentences ranging from 120 to 144 months in prison, to three individuals for their involvement in a methamphetamine trafficking ring, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Judge Bell sentenced the defendants as follows:

Christy Lee Latham, 43, of West Jefferson, N.C. was sentenced to 144 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.  Latham pleaded guilty to methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy and distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  Latham’s sentence was enhanced due to her violation of her conditions of supervised release for a prior federal methamphetamine trafficking conviction.
Joshua Dean Lipford, 33, of Trade, Tennessee, was sentenced to 138 months in prison and five years of supervised release.  Lipford pleaded guilty to methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy.
Chasty Elaine Hinson Stallings, 40, of Morganton, N.C., was sentenced to 120 months in prison and five years of supervised release.  Stallings pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession of firearm by felon.
A fourth defendant, Heather Renee Arnold pleaded guilty on December 23, 2020, to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and is awaiting sentencing.

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