On Wednesday, February 27, the Johnson County Sheriffs Department, along with Watauga County North Carolina deputies and Drug Enforcement Agency agents, arrested eight people on federal warrants. Six of those individuals were from Johnson County. These arrests stem from an investigation that began in 2008 into a methamphetamine-manufacturing ring.
Charles Parlier, 55, along with his wife, Willa Dean Parlier, 53, from Mountain City, were charged with conspiracy to manufacture 50 or more grams of methamphetamine. Charles Parlier was additionally charged with the distribution of 50 or more grams of meth, as well as possessing both equipment and chemicals needed to produce meth. Willa Dean was also charged with possession of the precursor chemicals with the intent to make meth.
Jeremy Greene, 32, and Chasiti Ward, 30, both of Laurel Bloomery, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, as well as possession of equipment and chemicals necessary to produce meth. Holly Rhymer, 26, of Mountain City, was also arrested on the same charges.
Additionally, Sara Brewer, 36, of Newland, North Carolina was also charged with conspiracy to make 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, as well as possessing the equipment and chemicals to make meth. Ricky Ward, 52, of Sugar Grove, North Carolina, along with Cody Pennington, 23, of Mountain City, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to make 50 or more grams of methamphetamine.
The minimum mandatory prison sentence for these charges range from ten years to life. Fines associated with these charges can be as much as $10 million. All arrested were taken to federal facilities.