Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Sends 8 Residents to Federal Prison Following Investigation

NEWTON, N.C. — Investigators say eight Catawba Valley residents will go to federal prison after a multi agency investigation conducted into a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy.

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division and 16 local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies conducted an investigation  into the trafficking ring, and convicted ten people with eight living in Catawba Valley.

Detectives say the investigation started in March of 2019 after police identified Cheng Yang as the leader of the methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy operating out of Catawba County.

Deputies say Yang was supplied with high purity methamphetamine trafficked in from California, and reportedly operated a network in the Catawba Valley aided by the other defendants listed below.

Yang and his co-conspirators distributed a total of 45 kilograms, a street value of $4 million, between March-September 2019 when they were taken into custody.

During the course of this investigation authorities say 7 firearms, 18.8 pounds of marijuana, 4 pounds of marijuana wax, 71.28 pounds of methamphetamine and $200,890.00 in cash were seized.

  • Cheng “Cam” Yang, 34, of Claremont, N.C., was sentenced to 15 years in prison and five years of supervised release.
  • Cheng “Cam” Yang’s brother, Peng Yang, 35, of Claremont, N.C, was sentenced to 156 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
  • Cheng “Cam” Yang’s younger brother, Nicholas Yang, 21, of Claremont, N.C., was sentenced to three years in prison followed by five years of supervised release.
  • Cheng “Cam” Yang’s aunt, Susan Yang, 37, of Claremont, N.C., was sentenced to 42 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
  • Cheng “Dawb” Yang, 38, of Morganton, N.C., who bears no familial relationship to Cheng “Cam” Yang, was sentenced to 60 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
  • Austin Litchfield, 31, of Los Angeles, was sentenced to 12 years in prison and five years of supervised release.
  • Randy Martinez, 27, also of Los Angeles, was sentenced to 48 months in prison and three years of supervised release.