4 sentenced in federal meth conspiracy

By: By William R. Toler - Editor

GREENSBORO — Four defendants from Richmond County were sentenced to federal prison Monday morning in an ongoing meth conspiracy case.

Landon Altman Hair, Charles Richard Goodwin and Bryan Wade Smith were each convicted of conspiracy to manufacture methampehtamine. Another defendant, Windell James Strickland, was convicted of conspiracy to possess pseudoephedrine knowing or having reasonable cause to believe it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

The sentences were handed down by U.S. District Court Judge William L. Osteen Jr.

Hair and Strickland will each serve five years in the Federal Bureau of Prisons; Smith will serve seven years and eight months; and Goodwin will serve seven years and 10 months, according Assistant U.S. Attorney Clifton Barrett.

Another defendant, Mark Elliot Rosberg, is scheduled to be sentenced March 26.

Goodwin was arrested in February of 2o17, after police said he and another suspect were cooking methamphetamine at a home on Phillips Circle in Rockingham.

He was previously arrested for manufacturing meth in late June of 2015 after a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy stopped the car he was in Hamlet and reportedly discovered a “one-pot” cook inside the vehicle.

Four men — Kevin Anthony Freeman, Justin Lamar Beck, Timothy Teal Pearson II and Kyle Eugene Sanders — were named in an eight-count indictment, filed Feb. 27 in federal court, accusing them of conspiring to make and distribute methamphetamine in Richmond County.

The ongoing conspiracy investigation began in 2014, with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office teaming up with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney’s office.

SBI Special Agent Kelly Page told the Daily Journal earlier this year that that investigation has led to the federal indictment of more than 65 individuals.

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By William R. Toler

Editor