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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of North Carolina

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Jill Westmoreland Rose
, United States Attorney
Contact: Lia Bantavani

Federal Judge Sentences Last of Four Crystal Methamphetamine Traffickers to Prison

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Joshua Warner Kamp to 33 months in prison for his role in a crystal methamphetamine trafficking ring, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Kamp, 35, of Alexander, N.C. was also sentenced to four years of supervised release following his prison term. Kamp pleaded guilty in January 2015 to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Kamp’s three codefendants were previously sentenced as follows: Mario Oliver Perez- Sanchez, 30, of Atlanta, Ga. was sentenced to 151 months in prison; Gerardo Moteil Diaz, 29, of Leicester, N.C. was sentenced to 87 months; and Debbie Ollis Webb, 58, of Leicester, N.C. was sentenced to 57 months in prison. They each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and were also ordered to five years of supervised release following their release from prison.

Wayne L. Dixie, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division; Sheriff Van Duncan of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO); and Lt. John Elkins of the Buncombe County Anti-Crime Task Force (BCAT) join Acting U.S. Attorney Rose in making today’s announcement.

According to court documents and court proceedings, from in or about April 2013 through October 2013, Perez acted as an Atlanta, Ga. based methamphetamine source of supply, moving large quantities of methamphetamine between Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Court records show that Diaz assisted Perez in his North Carolina narcotics trafficking. According to court records, Kamp and Webb bought the methamphetamine from Perez and Diaz, and then sold it in Buncombe County and elsewhere. Over the course of the investigation, law enforcement seized approximately 21 ounces of methamphetamine, $10,876 in U.S. currency and one firearm.

Kamp will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

ATF, BCSO and BCAT investigated the case. The prosecutions were handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Kent of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville.

Charlotte Field Division