Hudson woman accused of meth trafficking

Among 30 charged in western NC
Jul. 12, 2013 @ 08:09 AM

A Hudson woman who was a target of a joint drug task force operation that began in 2012 was arrested Thursday on felony drug trafficking charges, and could spend the rest of her life in prison if convicted.

Tawana M. Sparks, 31, was among 30 men and women indicted by a federal grand jury as a result of Operation Dixie Crystal, which began in 2012 and targeted people believed to be significant methamphetamine traffickers in Ashe, Allegheny, Caldwell, Watauga and Wilkes counties in North Carolina, and Johnson County in Tennessee, though she is the only Caldwell resident charged. Sparks was indicted June 18 and taken into federal custody on Thursday.

According to court documents filed with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina, the 30 people indicted are accused of having sold more than 200 pounds of methamphetamine since 2003 with a street value of more than $4 million.

Throughout the investigation, officers have seized about 30 firearms, five vehicles, 20 pounds of methamphetamine and $150,000 in cash.

If convicted, Sparks could be sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life.