Sheriff’s Office Makes

Multiple Drug Arrests
 
  Over the last month Sheriff John Perry and his deputies have arrested twenty people in connection with various drug charges. Most charges range from manufacturing and distributing of methamphetamine to possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.  
  Immediately after taking office, Sheriff Perry and his deputies began to take a strong stance on the increased use of methamphetamine labs within the county.
  “We began to identify people involved in the methamphetamine epidemic in the county,” Sheriff Perry said ”We knew that a problem was present and started working vigilantly in handling the problem.”  
  Seven different labs were taken down within months and those responsible were prosecuted and given 15 years suspended to 5 years’ probation.    Five of those seven defendants have since re-offended and were sentenced to very lengthy prison sentences.
  “With the tough prosecution team of Solicitor Donnie Myers, our office  intends to end the problem and send a clear message that methamphetamine labs are not welcome in our county,” the sheriff said. 
  The Sheriff and deputies have been working closely with the fire service by educating the fire service in clandestine lab awareness.  The problem is more widely present than citizens may realize and the sheriff said his office  has found the right combination to reduce and eliminate the drug problem. During the last several weeks a total of twelve people were taken into custody for methamphetamine related charges.
  July 23, 2014 Sheriff Perry and an investigator were conducting surveillance on a residence, when a vehicle that had previously been identified as one of interest during the course of that investigation was observed leaving. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle and after consent to search was obtained, deputies located a plastic bag containing what appeared to be methamphetamine. Three subjects were arrested and charged for possession of methamphetamine, Joyce Derrick, Jennifer McCary, and Charles Keisler. Afterwards a search warrant was served on the residence of Russell Dale Kirkland near Holston’s crossroads. The results of the search warrant yielded a methamphetamine lab and Kirkland was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and selling a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Kirkland, who was already on the General Sessions Court docket for other drug charges, pled guilty to the charge of manufacturing methamphetamine and received a 10 year sentence.
  On July 27 and 28, an investigation led to the arrest of Louie Medina, Jennifer Traxler, Kimberly Lee Padgett-Hall, and Robert E. Miller on charges of distribution, manufacturing, and possession of methamphetamine. Located in the residence during the execution of the search warrant was an active methamphetamine lab and all other materials to make methamphetamine. Miller, who was taken into custody in a corn field near the residence, was also armed with a handgun. Miller was out on bond at the time of this incident on drug charges that he was arrested  several months ago. Padgett-Hall was charged, and this is her third methamphetamine offense in less than one year. She has been convicted in Lexington County two pervious times since last fall.
  On July 31, a traffic stop was conducted on West Creek Rd. Deputies observed that several passengers were moving around inside of the vehicle. As deputies approached the vehicle, the front passenger stated that he had some alcoholic beverage in a cup that he was drinking. Deputies obtained consent to search and located in the belongings of April Brunson a substance that she stated was methamphetamine. Brunson was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and the front passenger was given a citation for open container of alcohol.
  On July 27’ a traffic stop was conducted on Jerrad Hall for suspicion of driving under the influence. Hall advised deputies that he was under the influence of marijuana. Deputies located a quantity of marijuana in the vehicle and Hall was arrested and charged for simple possession of marijuana.
  On August 1, Sheriff Perry conducted a property check at Amick’s Park  and found Simon Perez and Kayla Perez to be the occupants of a vehicle. The windows were down on the vehicle and there was a strong odor of marijuana emitting. Some marijuana was located in the vehicle and both subjects were arrested and charged for possession of marijuana.
  On August 8, deputies responded to a call about a suspicious person possibly attempting to burglarize a residence. As deputies arrived on the scene, the subject was attempting to leave. The subject exited his vehicle and immediately began to yell and curse. The subject appeared very intoxicated. The subject was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct and located in his vehicle during an inventory was a quantity of marijuana that was mixed into regular smoking tobacco. The subject, Ryan Smith, was charged for possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct.
  On August 9, while deputies attempted to serve arrest warrants and bench warrants, Carsee Gartrell attempted to flee on foot, and after a chase the subject was apprehended. Gartrell while running tossed a hand gun and multiple bags of marijuana to the side. Deputies, along with the assistance of the Saluda Police Department, located the hand gun and drugs. Gartrell was arrested and charged for unlawful carrying of a handgun, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana within half mile of a school, and resisting arrest.
  On August 14, a deputy, while on patrol looking for a reckless driver, was almost struck by a vehicle operated by Shane Houser. After conducting a traffic stop on the vehicle, deputies noticed a strong odor of alcohol was emitting from the vehicle. The driver, Houser, was given a standardized field sobriety test and arrested for DUI. While searching the vehicle deputies located numerous open containers of alcohol and a quantity of marijuana. Jessica Scott a passenger was charged for possession of marijuana and Houser was charged with DUI and open container of alcohol.
  On August 15, while conducting a safety checkpoint with the Law Enforcement Network at the Traffic Circle. A vehicle driven by Johnny Greelgy attempted to elude the checkpoint by making an illegal turn. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle, and after deputies  interviewed Greelgy, he provided a false name to deputies. The subject did admit to marijuana being in the vehicle. Deputies arrested Greelgy for Driving under suspension, possession of marijuana, open container of beer, open container of liquor, and driving under the influence.
  Also on August 15th, at the same safety checkpoint deputies made contact with Theodore Tindal and Robin Krantz, both of whom were arrested after deputies located open alcohol and drug paraphernalia that the suspects admitted were used to smoke methamphetamine, and marijuana. Tindal was charged with driving under suspension, open container, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of marijuana. Krantz was charged with giving false information to police, possession of drug paraphernalia, and open container of liquor.
  Sheriff Perry has identified several persons of interest in the county involved with methamphetamine use and manufacture.
  “I would like to send a clear message to those individuals, if you manufacture or have any involvement in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine, you will eventually be caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”