Methamphetamine trafficker sentenced to more than 19 years in federal prison | USAO-WDNC


CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Today, U.S. District Judge Frank D. Whitney sentenced Timothy Wayne Bates, 51, of Dallas, North Carolina, to 235 months in prison and five years of supervised release for trafficking methamphetamine , announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

According to filings and court proceedings, as of August 2020, Bates possessed methamphetamine three times. On August 5, 2020, law enforcement met Bates in the parking lot of a Gaston County hotel, where Bates was found in possession of methamphetamine and a firearm. That same day, law enforcement also recovered additional methamphetamine and $3,500 in cash that Bates had tried to dump near the hotel. On August 14, 2020, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle Bates was driving. During the arrest, law enforcement seized methamphetamine and more than $4,000 in cash. Then, on August 19, 2020, law enforcement arrested Bates at a hotel in Pineville, North Carolina, after recovering methamphetamine and more than $1,900 in cash.

On June 17, 2021, Bates pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and three counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. At today’s sentencing hearing, Bates’ sentence was increased due to his multiple prior convictions for break and enter, embezzlement, robbery, possession of methamphetamine, receiving stolen property and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

This case is the result of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OECDTF) operation, which led to the federal prosecution of more than 60 people for drug trafficking. Law enforcement also seized over 87 kilograms of narcotics, including over 24 kilograms of fentanyl, 66 firearms, over $385,000 in cash and over $800,000 in other property.

The OECDTF identifies, disrupts and dismantles criminal organizations using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information on the OECDTF program is available at

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

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


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