Nov. 29, 2012. On Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, William Greene, 26, of 1627 U.S. 421, Boone, and on Tuesday Nov. 27, 2012, Minnie Carol Taylor, 38, of 205 Reanna Dawn Circle, Elizabethton, Tenn., pled guilty and were sentenced to the Federal Bureau of Prisons for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Greene received 96 months and Taylor received 57 months for their respective parts in a conspiracy that was responsible for the manufacture of more than two kilograms of methamphetamine over a 10 year period.
In 2008, agents with Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit began an investigation into a large scale methamphetamine manufacturing organization operating in North Carolina and Tennessee. The United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) became involved in the investigation and in May 2012, 11 people from Tennessee and North Carolina were indicted in the Eastern District of Tennessee.