Fourteen members of methamphetamine trafficking ring are charged in federal court


Catawba County, N.C.- The Catawba County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division and Special Enforcement Group (SEG) partnered with a multi-agency and jurisdictional task force headed by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) whose investigative efforts have resulted in the indictment of fourteen (14) defendants. Eleven (11) of these defendants are Catawba County residents.

These defendants are: Ruth Marie Duggar (36 yoa) of Claremont, Kimberly Deann Bumgarner (55yoa) of Claremont, Cynthia Roxanne Shook (34 yoa) of Catawba, Lowell Thomas Messer (32 yoa) of Sherrills Ford, Samantha Jean Taylor (26) of Newton, Jason Keith Reichard (38 yoa) of Newton, Aaron Douglas Goodson

(29) of Maiden, Priscilla Chapman Lambert (33 yoa) of Hickory, Thomas Dewayne Simmons Jr (34 yoa) of Snellville, GA, Jonathon Corey Daniel (31 yoa) incarcerated in Georgia, Tiffany Christmas Hirani (33 yoa) incarcerated in Georgia, James Kristoffer Cantley (38 yoa) a Catawba County resident, is incarcerated in Georgia, Brian Duane Martz (40 yoa) a Catawba County resident is incarcerated in Georgia and Michael James Notheisen (34 yoa) a Catawba County resident,is incarcerated in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

Law Enforcement agencies involved in this investigation include 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.

Sheriff Brown: “The trafficking of methamphetamine into our country and its spread through our communities is a national crisis. Together, through our partnerships with the DEA and the United States Attorney’s Office, we are fighting this battle as a united front”.

Author: Staff Writer