North Carolina man sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for methamphetamine charges

Published 11:11 am Sunday, March 19, 2023

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A Coats man was sentenced March 3, 2023 to 150 months in prison for dealing crystal methamphetamine in 2021, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Eastern District of North Carolina. Richard Gordon Frame, 35, pleaded guilty to the charges on October 6, 2022.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, a multi-agency investigation identified that Frame and co-defendant Christopher McNeill, who was charged separately, were trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine in Harnett County. “The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives made multiple controlled purchases of 100% pure crystal methamphetamine from Frame who was supplied by McNeill,” stated the release. “A total of 194.9 grams of the substance was purchased.”

Frame was previously convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, larceny, trespassing and additional drug possession charges, according to the release.

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Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Coats Police Department, Dunn Police Department, Harnett County Sherriff’s Department and the State Bureau of Investigation investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Casey L. Peaden prosecuted the case.