The last of 18 members of a methamphetamine trafficking ring that operated in Western North Carolina has been sentenced to federal prison.
Angela Leigh Wike, 39, of Bryson City, was sentenced to 46 months in prison and was also ordered to serve three years under court supervision after her release, Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, announced Wednesday.
In May of 2013, 18 members of the drug ring were arrested as the result of a joint law enforcement investigation by local, state and federal agencies.
According to filed court documents and court proceedings, from May 2012 to April 2013, the drug ring operated primarily in Jackson, Haywood, Macon, Swain and Buncombe counties
Wike will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole. Other sentences in the case ranged from 27 months to more than 12 years in prison.
The investigation was handled by the DEA and ATF, assisted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Macon County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Swain County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin Police Department, and Cherokee Indian Police Department.
The prosecution is being handled for the government by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Kent of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville.