Meth Trafficker Sentenced to Over 19 Years in Prison

North Carolina -- Timothy Wayne Bates, 51, of Dallas, N.C., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Frank D. Whitney to 235 months in prison and five years of supervised release for trafficking methamphetamine, according to Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Bates had methamphetamine on three instances in August 2020, according to court documents and proceedings. Bates was arrested on August 5, 2020, in the parking lot of a hotel in Gaston County, where he was found in possession of methamphetamine and a weapon. On the same day, police found more methamphetamine and $3,500 in cash that Bates had attempted to throw away near the hotel. The car Bates was driving was stopped by law enforcement on August 14, 2020. Law officers seized drugs and nearly $4,000 in cash during the stop. Bates was detained on August 19, 2020, at a hotel in Pineville, North Carolina, when police discovered methamphetamine and more than $1,900 in cash.

Bates pleaded guilty to three charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine on June 17, 2021. Due to his several past convictions for felony Breaking and Entering, Embezzlement, Grand Larceny, Possession of Methamphetamine, Receiving Stolen Goods, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Bates' sentence was increased at today's sentencing hearing.

This case stems from an operation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), which resulted in the federal conviction of more than 60 people for drug trafficking. More than 87 kilos of narcotics, including over 24 kilograms of fentanyl, 66 weapons, more than $385,000 in cash, and more than $800,000 in other property have been recovered by law authorities.

OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles criminal organizations using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at

In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney King commended the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, the Huntersville Police Department, the Gastonia Police Department, and the Dallas Police Department for their coordination and investigation of the case.

Assistant United States Attorney Steven Kaufman, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, prosecuted the case.

Wnctimes by Marjorie Farrington


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