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Ashe men to appear in U.S. District Court on meth charges

Originally published: Jan. 3, 2013
Last modified: Jan. 3, 2013

Jesse Campbell

March court dates await five Ashe County men facing federal drug and weapons charges that stem from a two-year investigation by sheriff's deputies and the State Bureau of Investigation.

The men were initially arrested on Dec. 12, according to an Ashe County Sheriff's Office news release.

According to a Bill of Indictment filed in the Western District of North Carolina in U.S. District Court, Martin Saldana, and Jose Francisco Pina possessed and attempted to distribute at least 500 grams of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.

They will also face firearm charges.

Jose Jiminez Pina faces similar charges.

Bobby Giles Shore, 59, of Lansing, faces similar charges including the alleged attempted trafficking of 550 grams of methamphetamine and illegally possessed ammunition as a convicted criminal, said a bill of indictment.

Danny Charles Eller, 52, of Pine Swamp, did knowingly possess with intent to distribute at least 500 grams of a substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, according to court documents.

A U.S. District Court Bill of Indictment, on Oct. 26, Eller used a firearm in furtherance of committing a drug crime.

These five men are scheduled to appear in court on March 4 in the Statesville office of U.S. District Court before Judge Richard Voorhees.

A sixth man, Russell Craven, of Jefferson, faces state charges of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Craven was released on a $25,500 secured bond.

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