ASHEVILLE – Timothy Jason McCoy, 47, of Cherokee, was sentenced on Thursday, Aug. 22 to 51 months in prison and four years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.
On June 5, 2018, officers with the Cherokee Indian Police Department (CIPD) were conducting a driver license checkpoint in Swain County. According to court records, CIPD officers stopped the vehicle McCoy was driving. McCoy’s co-defendant, Patricia Jenkins, was a passenger in the vehicle. Over the course of the traffic stop, CIPD officers found 33 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a large amount of cash. Law enforcement also recovered a loaded pistol and shotgun.
On March 1, 2019, McCoy pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Jenkins previously pleaded guilty to the same charge and is currently awaiting sentencing.
The DEA and CIPD conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney John Pritchard, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville, is in charge of the prosecution.
Robert J. Murphy, Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which oversees the Charlotte District Office, and Chief Doug Pheasant of the Cherokee Indian Police Department joined U.S. Attorney Murray in the announcement.
– U.S. Department of Justice release