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Traffic stop nets arrests for controlled substances violations

The following press release has been issued by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.  All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Darian Dre'von Smith

Darian Dre’von Smith

Murphy, NC— Cherokee County Sheriff Keith Lovin announced that the following individuals were arrested in a traffic stop for possession of controlled substances which included methamphetamine and methadone:  42 year old Peggy Celena Ledford of Marble, North Carolina, 20 year old Christopher Mowery of Murphy, North Carolina and 24 year old Darian Dre’von Smith of Murphy, North Carolina.

During the early morning hours of June 17th, 2014, deputies from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Andrews Road, in Murphy in which Ledford, Mowery and Smith were occupying. During the stop, items of paraphernalia and bags of methamphetamine were found in the passenger area of the vehicle. Among the articles of paraphernalia were items consistent with articles used in the sale and manufacture of methamphetamine.

Christopher Douglas Mowry

Christopher Douglas Mowry

Peggy Celena Ledford was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession With The Intent to Manufacture, Sell and Deliver Methamphetamine. Possess Methamphetamine, Simple Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance. Ledford was set a $10,000.00 secure bond and is currently being detained in the Cherokee County Detention Center awaiting a July 8th, 2014 Cherokee County District Court date.

Christopher Mowery was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Methamphetamine and Failure to Appear on a Misdemeanor and given a $17,500.00 secure bond and is currently being detained in the Cherokee County Detention Center awaiting a July 8th, 2014 Cherokee County District Court date.

Peggy Celena Ledford

Peggy Celena Ledford

Darian Dre’von Smith was charged with Misdemeanor Larceny, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Methamphetamine and was set a $11,000.00 secure bond and is currently being detained in the Cherokee County Detention Center awaiting a July 8th, 2014 Cherokee County District Court date.

Sheriff Lovin stated “Again the fine work by the deputies of my Office show our continued resolve in waging a very tough war against dangerous drugs in Cherokee County. Our deputies and officers are trained in interdiction techniques which are beginning to show fruits from our labors. We always encourage public information to help us in our efforts.”

Citizens are encouraged to report known or suspected violations of the law by calling 911, 828-837-1344 or emailing crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov.

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