Two charged with trafficking in methamphetamine
FOREST CITY — Debra Peterson Duvall, 49, of Park Drive in Forest City, and Michael Robert Blanton, 49, also of Forest City, were taken into custody by deputies with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office after a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia were located in Duvall's vehicle during a routine traffic stop.
On Tuesday evening, Deputy Joey Brandle conducted a traffic stop in the area of Chase High Road and Old Henrietta Road.
According to the report filed by deputies, before Duvall and Blanton approached the traffic stop, Brandle noticed an object being tossed out of the window on the passenger's side of the vehicle.
Brandle and Cpl. Chad Nazelrod were able to locate the item, a PVC pipe containing two baggies of a crystal substance weighing approximately 93 grams, the report stated. Deputies also seized $573.69 in U.S. currency from inside the vehicle.
Duvall was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to heed a light or siren, two counts of no operator's license, driving left of center, two counts of operating a vehicle with no insurance, driving a vehicle with no registration, fictitious/altered tag and providing fictitious information to an officer. She received a $55,000 for her charges.
Blanton was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, for which he received a $40,000 secured bond.
Man carries gun onto courthouse property
RUTHERFORDTON — On Tuesday afternoon, Keith Clifton King, 60, of Bostic Sunshine Highway in Bostic, was arrested for possession of a handgun on courthouse property.
As King was entering the courthouse, he set off the metal detector and stated that he had his cell phone in his pocket, according to a report filed by the Sheriff's Office. Cell phones are not permitted inside the courthouse and King advised he would return the device to his vehicle.
Capt. S. Chapman and Sgt. Scott Patrick with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office Courthouse Security Division followed King back to his vehicle and located the handgun after King removed it from his pocket.
King was taken into custody by Sgt. Patrick and charged with carrying a concealed gun and possession of a weapon on state property/courthouse.
King's secured bond was set at $5,000.
Polk County take-back event collects 56,926 dosages
COLUMBUS — More than 56,900 dosages of medication were collected during the Operation Medicine Drop campaign of Polk County, which was held on Saturday, March 22.
A collaboration of the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Tryon Police Department, Tryon Fire Department and Saluda Police Department, the event successfully took 56,926 dosages (70 pounds) of unused, unwanted and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications out of medicine cabinets and off of the streets. Of the total dosage units collected, 4,536 were controlled substances.
Citizens dropped their medications off at the Polk County Sheriff's Office in Columbus, Tryon Fire Department in Tryon, Sunny View Fire & Rescue Department in Mill Spring and Saluda Police Department in Saluda, where officers were available to accept and securely dispose of unwanted medicine.
Operation Medicine Drop is a partnership of Safe Kids North Carolina, the Riverkeepers of North Carolina, N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of North Carolina and local law enforcement agencies working together to encourage the public to safely dispose of medications.
Once the dosages are collected, the State Bureau of Investigation gathers them from across the state where they are later transported by the North Carolina Highway Patrol to a state approved incinerator.
While prescription drug abuse is one of the most prevalent forms of drug use that plagues North Carolina, Operation Medicine Drop gives residents an opportunity to rid their homes of drugs so commonly sought after during other criminal activities such as breaking and entering.
By providing safe and secure ways for people to get rid of medications, Operation Medicine Drop also helps prevent accidental poisonings and protect local waters from contamination.
Did you know?
North Carolina scanner code 10-94 refers to a situation involving a subject with a gun.