The latest round of drug arrests announced by the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office includes an uptick in cocaine cases, as well as an increase in child abuse charges due to juveniles being present when offenses occurred.

Announced Wednesday by Wilkes Sheriff Chris Shew were felony drug charges filed against 75 people as a result of sheriff’s office investigations since May.

Many of the investigations resulted from complaints from citizens about suspected drug activities in their communities, said Shew.

Drugs seized in the latest round of cases and their street values were about three-quarters of a pound of cocaine, $16,800; nearly a pound of methamphetamine (meth), $15,000; a little over an ounce of heroin, $3,000; about half a pound of marijuana, $12,000; and 427 prescription pain pills, $12,810.

Dancy said numerous firearms were seized, mostly from people charged with possession of a firearm while being a convicted felon.

In one case, said Dancy, he and four other Wilkes Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives had to go to the Wilkes Medical Center emergency department after a man ripped open a plastic bag of heroin and spread the contents inside his van.

He said the man, Norman Eugene Johnson, 44, of Third Street, North Wilkesboro, was trying to destroy evidence when he realized he was the target of an undercover drug buy at the Clingman Road exit of U.S. 421 East.

“It was like a white fog inside the van,” said Dancy.

Johnson is charged with two counts of trafficking in heroin and possession with intent to sell and deliver (PWISD) heroin. He also was seen at the hospital emergency department.

For their assistance in several of the cases, Dancy said he wanted to thank the Alleghany and Yadkin county sheriff’s offices and Sgt. Tim Simms of the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and his sheriff’s office canine.

Other trafficking cases

Trafficking is charged in cases involving larger amounts of controlled substances.

Charged with trafficking in meth and conspiring with each other to sell meth are Alichia Nichole Miller (two counts each), 23, Laurel View Lane, North Wilkesboro, and Shane Lee Meyerhoffer, 26, Elkin Highway, North Wilkesboro. They’re also both charged with PWISD meth. Miller is also charged with selling meth and Meyerhoffer with sale and delivery of meth. Dancy said a reward is offered for information leading to Meyerhoffer’s arrest. He said anyone with this information can share it by calling him at 336-990-0426.

Three people are charged with conspiring with each other to sell meth and trafficking in meth. They are Stephen Ray Church, 55, Old Lankford Road, North Wilkesboro (two counts trafficking); Abigal Smythe Robinson, 35, Industrial Park Road, Wilkesboro (four counts trafficking); and Anthony Woodard Brooks, 29, High Point. Brooks is also charged with PWISD meth and Church is also charged with maintaining a dwelling for drugs.

Charged with trafficking in meth in another case are Jamie Therese Wilt, 34, Boone Trail, Millers Creek (three counts), and Jennifer Carol Forrest, 37, Old 60, Millers Creek (one count). Wilt and Forrest are charged with conspiring with each other to sell meth. Wilt is also charged with PWISD meth, maintaining a vehicle for drugs and child abuse.

Other trafficking cases are:

• Tony Randall Church, 55, Miller Lane, Millers Creek, two counts trafficking in pain pills and three counts each of PWISD pain pills and selling them;

• Christopher Ryan Todd, Johns Lane, Sparta, two counts of trafficking in meth and PWISD meth;

• Lamont Dewayne Dewalt, 27, Patricia Way, Mocksville, PWISD cocaine and three counts of trafficking in cocaine.

• Paul Holland Cockeran, 49, Damascus Church Road, Wilkesboro, trafficking in cocaine, PWISD cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for drugs.

Other cocaine cases

Dancy said sheriff’s office investigators can’t explain the increase in cases involving cocaine.

Charged with conspiring with each other to sell cocaine are Teresa Elizabeth Johnson, 52, Brier Fox Trail, Hays; Betty Elaine Whitted, 53, Rom Eller Road, Ferguson; Dewey Wayne Royal, 57, Oakley Drive, North Wilkesboro; and Debra Kay Lankford, 59, Rosemont Drive, Hays. Whitted and Royal are also charged with maintaining a dwelling for drugs. Johnson and Whitted are also charged with PWISD cocaine and selling it.

Charged with conspiring with each other to sell cocaine, PWISD cocaine and selling it are Steven Lavann March, 50, Oak Ridge Lane, Hays, and Cherrie Hannah Harper, 30, Culpepper Lane, Ronda. March is also charged with maintaining a vehicle for drugs and Harper with child abuse and maintaining a residence for drugs.

Charged with PWISD cocaine and selling cocaine in separate cases are Jimmy Ray Gourdine Jr., 33, Reynolds Avenue, North Wilkesboro; and Allison Shaunte Rodriguez, 40, North Hoots Road, Ronda. Gourdine is also charged with maintaining a dwelling for drugs.

Other cocaine cases include:

• Gregory Barrett Talbert, 29, North Wilkesboro (listed as homeless), PWISD cocaine and maintaining a vehicle for drugs. Dancy said Talbert had his hand on a handgun when he realized he was being arrested and is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon;

• Patrick Gaylon Anderson, 27, Haymeadow Road, Hays, possession of crack cocaine;

• Christie Leann Roberts, 34, Lowes Motel, Wilkesboro, PWISD cocaine and maintaining a vehicle for drugs.

Other meth cases

Maria Michelle Triplett, 38, Beaver Creek Road, Boomer, and Marty Gwyn Shumate, 42, Meadows Branch Lane, Purlear, are charged with conspiring with each other to sell meth. Shumate is also charged with maintaining a vehicle for drugs and Triplett is also charged with PWISD meth.

Charged with PWISD meth in the same case are Donna Lee Church, 51, Walsh Lane, Boomer, and Wilson Andrew Bentley, 52, Green Meadows Lane, Boomer. Church is also charged with maintaining a vehicle for drugs.

Charged with PWISD meth and possession of drug paraphernalia in separate cases are Steven Michael McPherson, 33, Williams Motel, North Wilkesboro; and Charles Junior Perry, 34, Leonard Lane, Millers Creek.

Charged with PWISD meth and maintaining a vehicle for drugs in separate cases are Richard Eric Singlestad, 48, Walnut Ridge Road, Boomer; Tommy Kamil Akbas, 37, Wolfe Road, Thurmond; and John Walter Demeny, 23, Country Club Road, Moravian Falls. Tony Glenn Church, 26, McGlamery Road, Millers Creek, is charged with PWISD meth in the same case as Demeny.

Others charged in meth cases include:

• Caleb Logan Knight, 23, Brown Ridge Road, North Wilkesboro, PWISD meth and two counts of child abuse;

• Madison Chase Spears, 23, South Cricket Drive, North Wilkesboro, PWISD meth and two counts of child abuse;

• Brandie Dawn Call, 28, Fishing Creek Road, North Wilkesboro, two counts each of PWISD meth and maintaining a vehicle for drugs;

• Harold Shaun Shew, 42, Statesville Road, North Wilkesboro, PWISD and selling meth.

• Alphonzo Linn Leach III, 40, Lovette Home Street, Millers Creek, three counts of PWISD meth;

• Gary Neil Marley, 35, Sleepy G Lane, Wilkesboro, PWISD meth and maintaining a vehicle for drugs.

Other pill cases

Dancy said most of the prescription pain pills seized were Oxycontin and most originated with prescriptions from a pain clinic in Statesville.

Christopher Scott Lambert, 50, and Nella Tipton Lambert, 63, both of Boomer Community Center Road, Boomer, are charged with conspiring with each other to sell pain pills. Nella Lambert is also charged with PWISD pain pills, selling them and maintaining a vehicle for drugs. Dancy said they both worked at a legal hemp growing operation in Boomer. Under state law, people with felony drug convictions can’t farm hemp.

Tabitha Anderson Scott, 42, Dehart Church Road, McGrady, and Rocky Lee Cleary, 41, Elkin Highway, North Wilkesboro, are charged with conspiring with each other to sell pain pills. Anderson is also charged with two counts each and Cleary with one count each of PWISD pain pills and selling them. Scott is charged with selling pain pills within 1,000 feet of a school, which is Mountain View Elementary.

Charged with PWISD and selling pain pills and maintaining a dwelling for drugs in separate cases are Joy Katherine Howell, 61, Elkin Highway, North Wilkesboro; Gladys Elizabeth Miller, 50, Millers Ridge Lane, North Wilkesboro; Lonnie Earl Miller, 51, Millers Ridge Lane, North Wilkesboro; and Joseph Isaac Bass, 57, Brushy Mountain Road, Wilkesboro. Bass is also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Charged with PWISD and selling pain pills in separate cases are Amber Coe Spicer, 35, Rock Creek Road, North Wilkesboro; James Louis Hairston, 26, Country Club Road, Wilkesboro; Sabrina Syble Ayers, 29, Falls Road, Moravian Falls; Heather Leann Church, 29, of Murdock Drive, North Wilkesboro; Lisa Call Hutchens, 55, Boone Trail, North Wilkesboro; Justin Matthew Minton, 32, Arbor Grove Church Road, Millers Creek; and Harrison Edward Jennings, 33, Kent Road, Millers Creek.

Other pain pill cases include:

• Jose Franklin Torres, 35, Myers Road, Yadkinville, PWISD pain pills and maintaining a vehicle for drugs. He is also charged with destruction of evidence by trying to swallow pills;

• Eric Catalan-Garcia, 39, Pine Avenue, North Wilkesboro, three counts each of PWISD pain pills and selling them and maintaining a vehicle for drugs;

• Dennis Henry Huffman Sr., 59, VMC Street, Millers Creek, two counts each of PWISD pain pills and selling them;

• Heather Leigh Shores, 33, Walshtown Road, Boomer, PWISD pain pills;

Marijuana cases

Dancy said 22 marijuana plants seized in an indoor growing operation on Cherry Grove Road in the Brushy Mountain community accounted for much of that illegal substance seized. Kenneth Dale Baity, 32, of Cherry Grove Road was arrested for manufacturing and felony possession of marijuana and also possession of meth.

Charged with conspiring with each other to sell marijuana are Joshua Mickey Wiles, 28, Union Community Road, Thurmond, and his mother, Lynn Sanders Wiles, 50, Thurmond Luffman Road, Thurmond. Both are charged with maintaining a vehicle for drugs and Joshua Wiles is also charged with PWISD marijuana and selling it.

Other marijuana cases include:

• James Robert Aldridge, 51, Arlie Myers Store Road, McGrady, manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia;

• Joshua Steve Lunsford, 18, Ridgewood Lane, Millers Creek, PWISD marijuana;

• Nicole Lynn Wiles, 24, Thurmond Luffman Lane, Thurmond, PWISD marijuana and selling it;

• Jeffrey Clint Royal, 25, Liberty Grove Church Road, North Wilkesboro, PWISD marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for drugs;

• Seth Andrew Pawelski, 20, Kilby’s Branch Road, Millers Creek, PWISD marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for drugs and possession of a concealed weapon.

Other cases

Cheston Morrell Bumgarner, 40, of Wilkes (listed as homeless), is charged with PWISD heroin.

Cases involving multiple types of controlled substances include:

• Brenton Ray Treece, 32, Long Street, North Wilkesboro, conspiracy to sell cocaine, heroin and pain pill and maintaining a vehicle for drugs;

• Steven Randy Brookshire, 43, Gunters Hill Road, Boomer, PWISD of meth, pain pills, marijuana and heroin, as well as maintaining a dwelling for drugs and possession of a firearm by a felon;

• Brittiney Anne Davis, 28, Reynolds Avenue, North Wilkesboro, PWISD heroin and cocaine;

• Clayton James Couch, 34, of Wilkes (listed as homeless), PWISD and selling meth and pain pills;

• Billy Allen Perkins, 47, Oakgrove Extension, Millers Creek, possession of meth and pain pills, destruction of evidence and resisting an officer;

• Luther Martin Hoosier Jr., 61, Bethel Road, Ronda, PWISD cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for drugs, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of possession of pain pills;

• Matthew Allen Cobb, 42, McNeil Road, Millers Creek, PWISD meth, maintaining a vehicle for drugs, possession of marijuana and resist, obstruct and delay an officer.

• Serena Umiko Johnson, 47, Mount Olive Church Road, Taylorsville, PWISD pain pills and possession of cocaine.

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