Melissa Sigmon, 29, and Shana Sigmon, 26, both of Sylva, each pleaded guilty to distribution of methamphetamine and received a sentence of 87-months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.
Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, announced the girls’ sentences in a press release dated Sept. 6.
According to the release, the Sigmon sisters are responsible for moving kilos of meth in Georgia and Western North Carolina from September 2014 to about January 2015 as part of a drug ring being orchestrated from inside a Georgia prison where Shana Sigmon’s fiancée was serving time for drug trafficking.
The girls were arrested in January 2015 from a motel room in Claremont. According to news reports at that time, an off duty Catawba County Sheriff’s Deputy recognized the vehicle of a well-known Catawba County drug dealer parked outside of a Rodeway Inn and set up surveillance on the room. Four people were arrested following the investigation that led to the seizure of more than $8,000 of meth- including the Sigmon sisters.
Abel Aguirre Serrano, 30, of Statesville, and Damon Rayvon Mile Jr., 30, of Gastonia, were also taken into custody.
Melissa and Shana Sigmon at that time were charged with multiple counts of meth trafficking, conspiracy and child abuse. Two small children were present in the motel room when the arrests were made.
The case was investigated by federal authorities who determined that throughout the course of the investigation the sisters trafficked almost 30 kilos of meth between the two of them. Shana Sigmon, the release states, trafficked more than 14.5 kilograms of meth- her sister, Melissa, more than 12.5 kilograms.
Today, both girls are in federal custody. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.