A dozen arrested for drug charges

More suspects sought
Aug 28, 2014

At least 12 suspected drug dealers and traffickers were recently arrested following a countywide investigation. Investigators began making arrests the week of Aug. 18 through last week, and it's not over as authorities search for at least six more suspects.

The roundup was the result of a five-month investigation by the Unified Narcotic Investigation Team, a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement team that works together to combat drug issues in Haywood County.

Most of the suspects face similar drug charges involving the selling, possession or trafficking of meth, prescription pain pills and heroin, said Sgt. Tyler Trantham with the Waynesville Police Department.

Many of the investigations began from tips and citizen complaints, Trantham said. As of Thursday afternoon, 12 suspects were arrested and charged with a variety of felony drug related charges from across the county.

Law enforcement officials say that working together across the county is the best way to battle the county's drug problems.

"Drug dealers don't work under jurisdictions or city limits, so for us to work under the same roof is very beneficial," Trantham said.

Law enforcement's approach to drug roundup operations is varied. Last November, agencies from across the county conducted a similar crackdown on suspected drug dealers by arresting all of the suspects in a 24-hour span. This time, officers spread out the arrests over about a two-week period.

Whether it takes a day or a month, Haywood County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Jeff Haynes says it's not the time span that matters in the investigation.

"Whatever approach we take doesn't matter. The end result is we are improving the quality of life for our citizens of Haywood County through this collaborative relationship between our agencies that is continuing to grow," Haynes said.

Jessica Edwards was arrested Aug. 19 and charged with four counts possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver prescription pain pills and meth, four counts selling and delivery of pills and meth, possession with intention to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and selling and delivery of heroin.

Lauren Young, was arrested Aug. 18 and charged with conspiracy to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance and sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance.

Ami Martin was arrested Aug. 19 and charged with two counts sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, two counts possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and two counts maintaining a vehicle or dwelling place for a controlled substance.

Amanda Rose was arrested Aug. 18 and charged with conspiracy to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle or a dwelling place for a controlled substance, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and selling and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance.

Tyler Cage was arrested Aug. 18 and charged with selling and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance.

Daniel Sutton was arrested Aug. 19 and charged with two counts selling and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, two counts possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, two counts maintaining a vehicle or dwelling place for a schedule II controlled substance and trafficking opiates.

Brendalynn Farr was arrested Aug. 19 and charged with conspiracy to sell and deliver.

Ruth Messer was arrested Aug. 25 and charged with conspiracy to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling place for a controlled substance.

Ricky Hanson was arrested Aug. 27 and charged with conspiracy to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance.

Mary Kirkland was arrested Aug. 18 and charged with selling and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling place for a controlled substance.

Brooke Bushyhead was arrested Aug. 21 and charged with possession of pseudoephedrine after a previous meth conviction.

Dan Black was arrested Aug. 27 and charged with possession of pseudoephedrine after a previous meth conviction.

Authorities are still searching for Bobbie Lawrence, Shane Douville, James Devone Ruff, Scott Eckoff, Christina Satterfield and Adam Leopard for similar drug charges. Investigators request anyone with information about the remaining suspects call the Haywood County Sheriff's Office Crimestoppers line at 1-877-922-7463.

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