The following press release has been issued by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Murphy, NC — Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the August 26th, 2016 arrest of 28-year-old Brandon Michael Rice, and 19-year-old Meghan Krystina Blaylock, both of Murphy, North Carolina, for controlled substance violations.
On the afternoon of August 26th, 2016, investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office received information that individuals were at the McDonalds in Murphy appeared to be involved in the illegal sale and possession of controlled substances. As investigators approached Rice to question him, he fled from the restaurant and ran across US 64 and was captured after a short foot chase. During the chase, Rice had thrown down a container that contained a trafficking amount of suspected methamphetamine. Blaylock was captured in the parking lot as she was attempting to assist the escape of Rice by warning him of the existence of the investigators.
Rice was arrested for TRAFFIC IN METHAMPHETAMINE OFFICER, POSS W/I MANUF/SELL/DEL SCHEDULE II CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, RESISTING PUBLIC, POSSESS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. He is currently incarcerated in the Cherokee County Detention Center under a $100,000 secure bond and has a September 13th, 2016 Cherokee County District Court date.
Blaylock was arrested for CONSPIRE TRAFFIC METHAMPHETAMINE, RESISTING PUBLIC OFFICER. She is currently incarcerated in the Cherokee County Detention Center under a $100,000 secure bond and has a September 13th, 2016 Cherokee County District Court date.
Sheriff Palmer stated, “We are appreciative of our public’s support and assistance. I would like to point out that this all took place within a few feet of a daycare. This shows the disregard of the people that continue to violate our controlled substance laws. We will continue to go after them.”
Sheriff Palmer encourages any one that has information on this crime or any other to report it. To report crime in Cherokee County you can call the anonymous tip line at 828-837-1344 or email a tip at email@example.com or call 911 if you observe a crime in progress
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