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Drug charges send 14 to prison

A multi-year drug operation in Surry County has resulted in dozens of arrests, and recently guilty pleas and findings against 14 of the defendants, with jail terms ranging from just less than three years up to 20 years.

Surry County Sheriff Steve C. Hiatt said his office, working in conjunction with the Mount Airy Police Department Narcotics Division, the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office, the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), was able to arrest the suspects charged with selling and distributing “large quantities of methamphetamine” within Surry County, in operations that included Elkin, Lowgap, Mount Airy, Siloam, Dobson, Pilot Mountain, and the Westfield areas.

“Investigators were able to identify and seize hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, and marijuana being distributed within Surry County,” the sheriff said. Additionally, the operation led investigators to Wilkes County in June 2020 and the seizure of more than 200 pounds of methamphetamine and the arrest of three individuals.

Recently, 14 of those Surry County individuals were indicted, and either plead guilty or were found guilty. According to the sheriff, the individuals, along with the charges and sentencing in United States District Court Middle District of North Carolina, include:

• Tania Guadalupe Govea pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Govea was sentenced to 240 months on each count to run concurrently with each other. Upon release from imprisonment, she is to be on supervised release for five years on each count to run concurrently with each other.

• Rodney Christopher Goodwin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Goodwin was sentenced to 192 months on each count to run concurrently with each other. He is to be on supervised release for five years on each count to run concurrently with each other.

• Thomas Matthew Shelton pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Shelton was sentenced to 151 months on each count to run concurrently with each other. Upon release Shelton is to be on supervised release for five years.

• Brandon Jefferson Potts pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Potts was sentenced to 146 months. Upon release he is to be on supervised release for five years.

• Tommy Dean McMillian Jr. pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and felon in possession of a firearm. McMillian was sentenced to 144 months on two of the counts, to run concurrently with each other. McMillian was sentenced to 120 months on felon in possession of a firearm to run concurrently with the other sentences. Upon release he is to be on supervised release for five years.

• Hector Jose Carranza pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, 50 grams or more. Carranza was sentenced to 144 months. Upon release he is to be on supervised release for five years.

• Sharif Jamal Robinson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Robinson was sentenced to 120 months. Upon release he is to be on supervised release for five years.

• Matthew Ryan Owens pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Owens was sentenced to 120 months to be followed by supervised release for five years.

• William Curtis Arrington pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Arrington was sentenced to 109 months on each count, to run concurrently with each other, followed by five years of supervised release.

• Tiffany Ann Potts pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Potts was sentenced to 96 months, to be followed by five years of supervised release.

• Savanah Marie Pettitt pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Pettitt was sentenced to 96 months, to be followed by five years of supervised release.

• Adam Gray Lewis was found guilty on a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Lewis was sentenced to 87 months, to be followed by fives years of supervised release.

• Christopher Timothy Williams was found guilty on a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Williams was sentenced to 56 months, to be followed by four years of supervised release.

• Corey Lee Marion was found guilty on a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Marion was sentenced to 31 months, to be followed by three years of supervised release.

Sheriff Hiatt, who dubbed the operation The Reckoning Phase I, said the results were achieved as a result of cooperation between all agencies involved.

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