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53 charged in drug roundup

bennett78

Posted 6:16 pm, 11/20/2013

They call it Hillbilly heroine

tarheels77

Posted 6:15 pm, 11/20/2013

LOL...wilkes county went from bootlegging moonshine to bootlegging pain pills

redfly

Posted 6:13 pm, 11/20/2013

The Moral of This Story::

Do Drugs, Steal, Peddle Narcotics, get a Jail Record, get a Court Record, then go to get on Permanent Disability, then you can do all the above and get paid by the Govenment.

wolfpack

Posted 6:08 pm, 11/20/2013

The sad part is they won't bust the main source for all of these smaller dealers. And thats a fact.

presto

Posted 6:03 pm, 11/20/2013

NOW the shame that goes with this is;

the man hours that were put into this investigation and cost.
The courts will smack them on the wrist and tell them to be good citizens and go back into the community,
Time and money spent equals about 1000/1

White America

Posted 5:59 pm, 11/20/2013

Well that is one of the dole.

redkoolaid

Posted 5:50 pm, 11/20/2013

And they will be back on the street in 3 months.

rayne

Posted 5:46 pm, 11/20/2013

I know for a fact this one here gets a big disability check that she got people to lie for her to get

**** *****
I know some of her relatives

White America

Posted 5:32 pm, 11/20/2013

Well its good news. The problem is it will be another year before these clowns even go to court. Last year there was a big bust those clowns have yet to go to trial.

We need to make drug arrest a no bail offense, then we would see an drop in the number of break ins theft ect

Old lady

Posted 5:22 pm, 11/20/2013

Now if they could do this every month, maybe there would be less crime in this county. Put them all in jail.

redfly

Posted 5:18 pm, 11/20/2013

LOL, what World do you live in

Jude

Posted 5:13 pm, 11/20/2013

Laws are put in place for reasons as sad as it may seem that people need money.

I agree with legalization of marijuana. You wouldn't have half the people addicted to pain pills.
Hence stopping addictions and criminal activities.

redfly

Posted 5:09 pm, 11/20/2013

Way to go Chris and congrads to all the Sheriffs Dept, all Deputies and Detectives, way to bust their ***

Funky King

Posted 5:08 pm, 11/20/2013

Grass oughta be legal. JMO.

golfgal

Posted 5:06 pm, 11/20/2013

Good job ...... I hope they catch them all!

antithesis

Posted 5:02 pm, 11/20/2013

Fifty-three people have been charged in the Wilkes Sheriff's Department's latest round of felony drug cases, mostly involving methamphetamine and prescription pain pills.

Wilkes Sheriff Chris Shew said the cases reflect the prevalence of meth and pain pills in the illegal drug business in Wilkes County recently.

Shew said the cases announced this week resulted from undercover investigations going back as far as late August.

In undercover purchases and arrests, he said, the latest roundup resulted in seizure of 708 prescription pain pills worth $21,240 on the street, 97 grams of meth worth $9,700, 81 grams of cocaine worth $9,000 and 7,197 grams of marijuana worth $3,000.

Shew said the public continues to play a key role in his department's drug investigations by calling with tips about suspected illegal activities. He said much of this information comes through anonymous calls to Wilkes Crime Stoppers at 667-8900 or to Dancy at 903-7600.

Although the sheriff's department recently gained a fourth narcotics investigator without adding a new position overall by adjusting responsibilities, said Shew, "the narcotics division is still overwhelmed and has to use resources from other divisions as needed."

Eight of the cases announced this week were related to cocaine and four were marijuana-related, said Lt. Craig Dancy, who heads the sheriff's department's narcotics unit.

Dancy said that among 30 people charged for selling prescription pain pills and/or similar offenses, about half were initially prescribed pain pills for injuries. Many of these were people hurt while working who sold prescribed pain pills after they became unemployed and needed money.

He said most prescription pain pills illegally sold in Wilkes originated at prescription pain clinics outside the county.

Dancy said Wilkes again leads the state's 100 counties in methamphetamine "labs" busts with 45 so far in 2013. Wilkes led the state in 2012 with 59 and was among the top four in 2011 with 19.

After new state laws reduced production of meth by "cooking" certain ingredients with heat, it returned and has grown bigger than ever in recent years with the simpler "one pot" method that utilizes a chemical reaction without heat.

North Carolina law has increasingly reduced amounts of cold medication containing pseudoephedrine that a person can buy, but Dancy said these laws are bypassed when multiple people each buy small amounts of pseudoephedrine products for an individual making meth.

Dancy said the ease with which people with limited resources can make meth or acquire prescription pain pills and sell them promotes loose associations of people buying and selling these controlled substances. He said investigators identified several such connections while conducting investigations that culminated in the charges announced this week.

Locally-produced meth is considerably more common in Wilkes than meth made elsewhere, but Dancy said one case announced this week involved crystal meth brought here from Georgia. In this case, he said, Paul Lewis King Jr., 69, of N.C. 16, is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver meth, selling meth and conspiracy to sell meth.

Pain pill cases

Arrested on charges involving prescription pain pills were:

Nathaniel Lawrence Bartelson, 18, of Moravian Mill Road, Moravian Falls, possession with intent to sell and deliver;

Donald Wayne Blankenship, 62, of Corporation Street, Wilkesboro, four counts of trafficking and three counts possession with intent to sell and deliver;

Bobby Eugene Staley, 42, of Old U.S. 421, Roaring River, four counts of trafficking and three counts of selling;

Holly Wood Staley, 46, of Old U.s. 421, Roaring River, two counts of trafficking and three counts of selling;

Laurie Foster Gulbranson, 48, of North Hoots Road, Ronda, four counts of trafficking and two counts each of selling and possession with intent to sell and deliver;

Edward Keith Roberts, 56, of Moravian Falls Road, Wilkesboro, two counts of selling and one count conspiracy;

Barbara Ann Staley, 66, of Phillips Lane, Moravian Falls, trafficking and three counts of selling;

LeAnn Nicole Sebastian, 30, of Mulberry Road, McGrady, selling and conspiracy to sell;

Corey Durell Denny, 28, of Pearson Street, North Wilkesboro, conspiracy to sell;

Dustin Wayne Gregory, 30, of Gordon Road, North Wilkesboro, selling and conspiracy to sell;

Jerry Ray Combs Sr., 46, of Russell Gap Road, Moravian Falls, possession with intent to sell and deliver, selling and conspiracy to sell;

David Eugene Wagoner, 31, of Campground Lane, Millers Creek, conspiracy to traffic;

James Patrick Smith, 34, of Elmore Road, North Wilkesboro, conspiracy to sell, selling and possession with intent to sell and deliver;

Debra Maltba Brown, 38, of Roaring River Drive, Hays, two counts selling , two counts possession with intent to sell and deliver, trafficking and conspiracy;

Andrew Scott Davis, 34, of Northwood Hills Road, North Wilkesboro, two counts each of selling, possession with intent to sell and deliver;

Chad Ashley Hawkins, 34, of Hawkins Grove Road, McGrady, two each of counts of trafficking, selling and possession with intent to sell and deliver;

David Allen Smathers, 36, of Windy Lane, Traphill, two counts each of selling and possession with intent to sell and deliver;

Kristy Ann Royal, 30, of Fairplains Road, North Wilkesboro, selling and possession with intent to sell and deliver;

Donald Dewitt Crabb, 22, of Virginia's Drive, Wilkesboro, selling and possession with intent to sell and deliver;

Shayn Austin Adkins, 24, of Hamby Mountain Road, Wilkesboro, possession with intent to sell and deliver, selling and conspiracy to sell;

Hector Gomez Garcia, 38, of Joseph Drive, Millers Creek, possession with intent to sell and deliver, selling and conspiracy to sell;

Timothy Allen Sidden, 31, of Bethany Ford Road, Roaring River, possession with intent to sell and deliver and selling;

James Daniel Holloway Jr., 48, of Christian Home Church Road, Traphill, possession with intent to sell and deliver and selling;

David Mitchell Pruitt, 48, of Pruitt Lane, Traphill, possession with intent to sell and deliver and selling;

Terry Dean Mitchell, 46, of Bumgarner Lane, Millers Creek, two counts of trafficking and possession with intent to sell and deliver;

Joseph Douglas Roberts, 37, of Sparta Road, North Wilkesboro, two counts each of possession with intent to sell and deliver, selling and conspiracy;

Julie Lisa Trivette, 48, of Boone Trail, Millers Creek, possession with intent to sell and deliver, conspiracy to sell and four counts each of selling pills and meth;

Allen Glenn Lackey, 36, of Tabernacle Road, North Wilkesboro, possession with intent to sell and deliver and selling;

Edward Claude Knight, 42, of Ridge Lane, North Wilkesboro, possession with intent to sell and deliver and two counts each of selling pills;

Billy Scott Beck, 40, of Mocksville, possession with intent to sell and deliver pills and two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana;

Methamphetamine cases

Arrested on charges involving meth were:

Paul Lewis King Jr., 69, of N.C. 16, Purlear, possession with intent to sell and deliver, selling and conspiracy to sell;

Matthew Lee Billings, 30, of Crestbrooke Place, Elkin, possession with intent to sell and deliver and selling;

Sammy Ray Harmon Jr., 17, of Anderson Street, North Wilkesboro, maintaining dwelling and possession of precursors;

Cathleen Louise Wildermouth, 44, of Champion Road, Ferguson, manufacturing;

Andrew Shane Spears, 18, of Suncrest Orchard Road, North Wilkesboro, manufacturing;

Joey Lewis-Bembo Spears, 35, of Suncrest Orchard Road, North Wilkesboro, manufacturing;

Danielle Christine Maida, 25, of Cobblestone Lane, Ferguson, possession with intent to sell and deliver, conspiracy to sell and two counts of selling;

Nicholas Dean Pipes, 37, of Hidden Hollow Lane, Moravian Falls, trafficking, conspiracy and possession of meth and possession of weapon of mass destruction;

Angela Danielle Eller, 37, of Kindle Creek Drive, Ferguson, trafficking, manufacture, conspiracy and possession;

Eric Dale Church, 45, of South Holiness Church Road, Wilkesboro, manufacture, trafficking and possession with intent to sell and deliver;

Robert Luke Newman, 35, of Little Elkin Church Road, Ronda, possession of meth and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine;

Marijuana or cocaine cases

Arrested on charges involving marijuana or cocaine were:

Oscar Alberto Limon, 20, of Country Square Trailer Park, Moravian Falls, two counts each of trafficking, possession with intent to sell and deliver and selling cocaine;

Tyrone Braxton Henderson, 49, of Crooked Bow Road, North Wilkesboro, conspiracy to sell cocaine;

Adrian Elliott Cox, 35, of Old N.C. 60, Wilkesboro, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia;

Landon Reid Anderson, 31, of Cicero Road, North Wilkesboro, selling and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine;

Eric Shane Finley, 36, of Mitchell Court, North Wilkesboro, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine;

Betty Elaine Whitted, 47, of Fairplains Road, North Wilkesboro, possession with intent to sell and deliver, selling and conspiracy to sell cocaine;

Robert Junior McKenzie, 44, of Elm Street, Wilkesboro, selling, possession with intent to sell and deliver and conspiracy to sell cocaine;

Danny Allen Deaver, 48, of River Street, Wilkesboro, possession with intent to sell and deliver, two counts of selling and conspiracy to sell cocaine;

Tina Tharpe Macemore, 51, of Ridge Street, Ronda, possession with intent to sell and deliver and five counts each of selling cocaine;

Celia Paxton Mathis, 61, of Black Hawk Drive, Purlear, possession with intent to sell and deliver and selling marijuana;

Mark Allen Harris, 44, of North Lomax Road, Traphill, maintaining a dwelling, possession with intent to sell and deliver and manufacturing marijuana;

Missy Lynn Saunders, 44, of Statesville Road, North Wilkesboro, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for keeping a controlled substance and destruction of evidence.

shea

Posted 4:59 pm, 11/20/2013

"Dancy said that among 30 people charged for selling prescription pain pills and/or similar offenses, about half were initially prescribed pain pills for injuries. Many of these were people hurt while working who sold prescribed pain pills after they became unemployed and needed money."

That's the saddest thing I've read today. I feel so bad for their families. It's hard to watch these train wrecks.

rayne

Posted 4:53 pm, 11/20/2013

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