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Mountain City men facing drug charges

Three Mountain City residents currently detained in North Carolina have been named in a federal indictment announced on September 12, 2014 by U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina Anne M. Tompkins. Kenneth E. Barnes, 33; Donald L. Dennis, Jr., 28; and Jeremy D. Snyder, 37, all of Mountain City, have been charged with one count of conspiracy to manufacture five grams or more of methamphetamine, its salts, isomers, and salts of its isomers a Schedule II controlled substance.
In addition to conspiracy to manufacture, all three are also charged with possession of equipment, chemicals, and materials, which may be used to manufacture.
Three other defendants, Bobby R. Coffeey, 47 of Banner Elk, NC;  Michael L. Whitehair, 35 of Vilas, NC, and Sean A. Smith, 29 of Statesville, NC were also named in the indictment.   
Allegations within an August 20th indictment and statements made in court from 2011 to 2014 were used to determine the six men conspired together to manufacture the methamphetamines.
Conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine carries a maximum sentence of 20 years along with a one million dollar fine.  The possession charge carries a maximum of 10 years and $250,000 fine.