North Wilkesboro Police Chief Joe Rankin and Wilkesboro Police Chief Craig Garris on Thursday jointly announced charges filed against 24 people from Wilkes County and nearby on state, federal and in some instances both state and federal drug charges.

Rankin said the charges resulted from many hours of joint investigative work involving the Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro police departments; Wilkes, Watauga, Ashe and Alexander county sheriff’s offices; Boone Police Department; State Bureau of Investigation; U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

“We are continuing our efforts to combat the drug epidemic by prosecuting those who are involved in selling these dangerous substances and the partnerships with these other agencies are critical for these operations. Stopping illegal drug activity in North Wilkesboro will continue to be one of our highest priorities,” said Rankin.

Garris stated, “The cost to society as a result of these individuals’ actions must be measured in more than just their attempts to profit off illegal substances. The dealers and users are only hurting themselves, their families and friends by engaging in the drug trade. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners in North Wilkesboro, SBI, surrounding agencies and federal authorities to address complaints of drug dealing in our town and area.”

Garris added, “I wish to thank everyone involved for the work in these investigations and it’s my hope that those who were charged will change their behavior.”

Most of the cases were investigated within the last year and several have already gone to state or federal courts. The investigations are continuing and more arrests are pending, said one of the investigators.

3 already sentenced

A press release said Angela Miller Riley, 47, of 168 Pads Road, Wilkesboro; David Alexander Culver, 36, of 258 Patton Ridge Road, Deep Gap; and Roger Smith Brown, 61, of 4666 Parsonsville Road, Purlear, already received active prison sentences in federal court after being charged with conspiring with each other to distribute 500 grams or more of meth and one count each of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of meth.

Riley was sentenced to 18 years, Culver was sentenced to 6 ½ years and Brown was sentenced to seven years in federal prison.

Royal, Hicks, McCloud

The press release said Roger Mack Royal, 38, of 199 Chickadee Drive, North Wilkesboro; April Renee Hicks, 35, of 200 South West Street, Wilkesboro; and Joshua Allen McCloud, 38, of 3366 Brookshire Road, Lenoir, were charged in connected cases that resulted in the seizure of 367 grams of methamphetamine. All three have cases are pending in federal court.

Royal was charged with federal counts of conspiracy to traffic in meth, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and four counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute meth.

Hicks was charged with federal counts of conspiracy to traffic meth and four counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute meth.

McCloud was charged with possession with intent to distribute meth, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Federal/state cases

James Dean Ham, 54, Freddie Joseph Bishop Mitchell, 26, and Christopher Chadwick Wyatt, 42, were charged with both federal and state offenses.

Ham, of 2214 Deep Ford Road, Lansing, was arrested on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute meth, possession with intent to distribute meth and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and has already been sentenced to 11 years in federal prison. Investigators seized 359 grams of meth from him. Ham was charged with state offenses of felony fleeing to elude arrest, possession with intent to sell and deliver (PWISD) meth, maintaining a vehicle to sell a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of firearm by felon and two counts of trafficking meth.

Mitchell, of 251 Jones Dancy Street, North Wilkesboro, was arrested on federal charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon and possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. His case is pending in federal court. Mitchell was charged with two state counts of trafficking meth and additional state counts of PWISD meth, PWISD Oxycodone, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by felon, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon.

Wyatt, of 2883 Windy Ridge Road, North Wilkesboro, was arrested on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute over 500 grams of meth, distribution of meth and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Wyatt was charged with the state offenses of selling meth, PWISD meth and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.

State drug cases

The following additional people were charged with state drug offenses only.

They include three charged in connected cases: Leanna Thomas Wolfe, 20, and Frederick Villegas, 31, both of 1201 Industrial Park Road, Wilkesboro, and Lisandra Torres Ilarraza, 28, of 306 I Street, Apartment D, North Wilkesboro. Seized from them were 204 grams of cocaine.

Ilarraza is charged with two counts each of selling cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for keeping a controlled substance and conspiring to sell cocaine, four counts of trafficking cocaine, three counts of PWISD cocaine and one count of PWISD Tramadol.

Wolfe is charged with maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances and two counts each of conspiring to traffic cocaine and conspiring to sell cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

Villegas is charged with three counts each of selling cocaine and PWISD cocaine, six counts of trafficking cocaine, two counts of conspiring to traffic cocaine and one count of conspiring to sell cocaine.

Other state drug cases are:

• Jessica Louise Jackson, 31, and William Wesley Webb, 33, both of 1005 8th Street, North Wilkesboro, and both charged with four counts each of maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and conspiring to sell meth. Webb is also charged with three counts each and Jackson is charged with one count each of selling meth and PWISD meth;

• Christopher Delong Tillman, 43, of 511 Plaza Drive, Wilkesboro, charged with selling Alprazolam, PWISD Alprazolam and conspiring to sell Alprazolam. An investigator said Tillman hasn’t been arrested;

• Jeremy Graylyn Poe, 36, of 3837 Bethany Ford Road, Roaring River, charged with selling Suboxone and PWISD Suboxone. He was sentenced to probation in court;

• Roger Dean Campbell, 39, of 1287 Elkin Highway, North Wilkesboro, charged with selling meth, PWISD meth and two counts each of selling marijuana and PWISD marijuana. He received an active sentence in court;

• Aaron Phillip Barefoot, 29, of 103 Boone Trail, North Wilkesboro, charged with PWISD Psilocybin mushrooms, PWISD marijuana, maintaining a dwelling and maintaining a vehicle. He was already sentenced to probation;

• Daniel Scott Weber, 25, of 120 Windsor Road, North Wilkesboro, charged with two counts each of selling marijuana and PWISD marijuana, three counts of PWISD marijuana, four counts of maintaining a dwelling and possession of paraphernalia. He was already sentenced to probation;

• Autumn Renee Norman, 36, of 247 Beauty Street, Elkin, charged with two counts each of selling meth, PWISD meth and maintaining a vehicle and one count each of selling Oxycodone, PWISD Oxycodone, selling Alprazolam and PWISD Alprazolam. She was already sentenced to probation;

• Kevin Ray Marlow, 36, of 115 Parsons Road, North Wilkesboro, charged with two counts each of selling meth, PWISD meth and conspiring to sell meth;

• Verna Marie Wagoner, 27, of 149 Chickadee Road Lot 2, North Wilkesboro, charged with selling meth, PWISD meth and maintaining a vehicle;

• Chaz Jamal Rosemond, 33, of 102 South Cleveland Ave., Winston-Salem, charged with selling and delivering a counterfeit controlled substance, PWISD counterfeit controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle to sell a controlled substance, PWISD heroin and PWISD Fentany;

• Joey Lattrel Roberts, 38, of 2402 Hoyt Street, Winston Salem, charged with PWISD marijuana and maintaining a vehicle to sell a controlled substance. Authorities seized 230 grams of marijuana from Roberts. He was already sentenced to probation.

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