Crime

May 21, 2014

2 sentenced in Catawba-Burke meth case

Two men were given lengthy prison sentences Tuesday after pleading guilty in the so-called Bakers Dozen methamphetamine case in Catawba and Burke counties, prosecutors say.

Two men were given lengthy prison sentences Tuesday after pleading guilty in the so-called Bakers Dozen methamphetamine case in Catawba and Burke counties, prosecutors say.

Mark Allan Biddix, who was known as the “King of Shake,” and Thaddeus Lane “Tex” Parker were sentenced Tuesday in Catawba County Superior Court.

Biddix, 42, of Hickory, was sentenced to between eight years, four months and 11 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to 10 counts of possession or distribution of methamphetamine precursor chemicals, two counts of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, and continuing criminal enterprise.

Parker, 42, of Connelly Springs, was sentenced to between seven years, two months and nine years, seven months in prison. He pleaded guilty to seven counts of possession or distribution of methamphetamine precursor chemicals, two counts of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, four counts of conspiracy to possess or distribute methamphetamine precursor chemicals, and continuing criminal enterprise.

Police said they considered Biddix and Parker to be among leaders of a meth distribution operation in the foothills. They were among 13 people arrested last year in what authorities called the Bakers Dozen case.

The investigation was conducted by Long View police, the sheriff’s offices in Burke and Catawba counties, the SBI and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

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