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Date: 04-07-2020

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United States of America v. Bobby Roger Burch

Case Number: 5:20-mj-01242-JG-1

Judge: Martin Reidinger

Court: United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina (Buncombe County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Thomas Kent

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Asheville, NC - The United States of America charged Bobby Roger Burch with conspiracy to distribute meth.

Bobby Roger Burch, 48, of Hayesville, N.C. today to 262 months in prison, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Judge Reidinger also ordered Burch to serve five years under court supervision upon completion of his prison sentence.

According to filed court documents and today’s sentencing hearing, Burch was part of a drug conspiracy operating in North Carolina and Georgia, that distributed significant quantities of methamphetamine in and around Clay County and elswhere. Court records show that Burch was the North Carolina-based source of supply for the drug ring. Court records also show that, over the course of the investigation, law enforcement conducted controlled buys and seized significant quantities of methamphetamine from the drug conspiracy. According to court records, law enforcement seized from Burch more than three pounds of methamphetamine, which Burch was transporting from Georgia to North Carolina. In addition to the narcotics, law enforcement seized 39 firearms from Burch’s residence, including an assault rifle. As reflected in court documents, Burch obstructed or attempted to impede the administration of justice by threatening and intimidating some of his co-conspirators whom he suspected were cooperating with law enforcement.

In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney Murray said, “The arrest and prosecution of Burch and several of his co-conspirators has positively impacted Clay County and the surrounding areas in North Carolina, which have seen a significant drop in criminal activity following the successful dismantling of this multi-state drug trafficking ring. Working with our law enforcement partners, we will continue to identify, investigate, and prosecute drug trafficking organizations that plague our communities with deadly drugs and drug-fueled crimes.”

“The cocktail of deadly chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine are a recipe for disaster. These substances are not only volatile and toxic, but they also destroy families, communities and lives. Because of the collective effort between DEA and its local, state and federal law enforcement counterparts and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, this defendant was brought to justice and will spend well-deserved time in prison,” said Robert J. Murphy, the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division.

U.S. Attorney Murray thanked the DEA’s Asheville Post of Duty; the Clay County Sheriff’s Office; the Georgia Bureau of Investigation; the Swain County Sheriff’s Office; the Macon County Sheriff’s Office; the Highlands Police Department; and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation for handling the investigation.

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In a separate case, Judge Reidinger also sentenced James Kevin Jones, 45, of Candler, N.C. to 188 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release. According to court documents and today’s sentencing hearing, investigators made three controlled buys of methamphetamine from Jones and seized methamphetamine and a loaded firearm from Jones’ residence in Candler during the course of the investigation.

Court documents show that law enforcement also seized an additional quantity of methamphetamine that Jones concealed on his body while in the Buncombe County Detention Center. According to court records and statements made in court today, Jones has multiple prior felony convictions, and committed crimes while he was on state probation for those convictions.

Jones’ investigation was handled by the Buncombe County Anti-Crime Task Force and the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.

Both defendants are in custody, and upon designation of a federal facility they will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

The defendant, an alien, was found in the United States after having previously been denied admission, excluded, deported, and removed from the United States on August 2, 2011, at Hidalgo, Texas, and not having obtained the express consent of the Attorney General, or his successor, the Secretary of Homeland Security, to reapply for admission thereto.

Outcome: 03/16/2020 14 Waiver of Preliminary Hearing by Mauricio Hernandez-Ramirez. (Stone, S.) (Entered: 03/16/2020)
03/16/2020 15 Waiver of Detention Hearing by Mauricio Hernandez-Ramirez. (Stone, S.) (Entered: 03/16/2020)
03/16/2020 16 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Robert T. Numbers, II in Raleigh. Preliminary and Detention Hearings as to Mauricio Hernandez-Ramirez held on 3/16/2020. Interpreter, Spanish, sworn. Assistant U.S. Attorney present for government. Defendant present with counsel. The defendant waives his preliminary and detention hearings. The court finds that the defendant knowingly and voluntarily provides his Waiver of Preliminary Hearing and Waiver of Detention Hearing. The court accepts defendants waivers. The court finds that probable cause exists to support the charges against defendant. The governments motion for detention is allowed. Defendant ordered detained and remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal. (Court Reporter - FTR) (Stone, S.) (Entered: 03/16/2020)
03/16/2020 ORAL ORDER granting Oral Motion for Detention Pending Trial as to Mauricio Hernandez-Ramirez (1). Entered by Magistrate Judge Robert T. Numbers, II on 3/16/2020. (Stone, S.) (Entered: 03/16/2020)
03/16/2020 17 ORDER as to Mauricio Hernandez-Ramirez Follows oral order of 3/16/20.. Signed by Magistrate Judge Robert T. Numbers, II on 3/16/2020. (Stone, S.) (Entered: 03/16/2020)

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