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DEA agents, N.C. deputies make arrests in Mountain City, Tenn.

Published On: Mar 05 2013 08:33:43 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 05 2013 02:48:56 PM CST
MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. -

On Wednesday February 27th, 2013, deputies from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit and Agents from the US Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration arrested 8 individuals on Federal Warrants.

The arrests stem from an investigation that began in 2008 where 11 individuals were arrested in March of 2012.

Charles Parlier, 55, and his wife Willa Dean Parlier, 53, were both arrested at their home in Mountain City, Tennessee and charged with conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Charles Parlier was also charged with distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of equipment and chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine while Willa Dean Parlier was charged with possession of precursor chemicals with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

Jeremy Greene, 32, of Laurel Bloomery, Tenn. was arrested and charged with conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of equipment and chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Chasiti Ward, 30, was also arrested with Jeremy Greene in Laurel Bloomery, Tenn. and charged with conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of equipment and chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Chasiti Ward is also the daughter of Tommy Ward, the leader of the Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) that manufactured methamphetamine for more than ten years who was arrested in 2012.

Holly Rhymer, 26, of Mountain City, Tenn. was arrested and charged with conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of equipment and chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Sara Brewer, 36, of Newland, N.C. was arrested and charged with conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of equipment and chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Ricky Ward, 52, of Sugar Grove, N.C. was arrested and charged with conspiracy to manufacture more than 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Coty Pennington, 23, of Mountain City, Tenn. was arrested and charged with conspiracy to manufacture more than 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

The minimum mandatory prison sentence for these charges is ten years to life with the possibility of up to a $10 million fine.