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.
Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the December 03rd, 2015 arrest of 39-year-old Eric Winston Stiles and 34-year-old Jillian Ashley Sloan Stiles, both of Murphy, North Carolina, on charges involving the illegal possession of methamphetamine.
On December 03rd, 2015, investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office were conducting an investigation into information pertaining to individuals who were illegally possessing methamphetamine in Cherokee County, North Carolina. During that investigation, the investigators found the Stiles couple in their vehicle apparently in a unconscious state. During a search incident to arrest the couple, a significant quantity of methamphetamine and articles used for the ingestion of methamphetamine were found in the vehicle the Stiles couple had been occupying.
Both Eric and Jillian Stiles were arrested and brought before the North Carolina Magistrate who set a $10,000.00 secure bond each for Possession of Methamphetamine with the Intent to Sell/Deliver, Possession of Paraphernalia and Maintaining a Vehicle. Eric and Jillian Stiles are currently being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center pending a December 16th, 2015 District Court date.
Sheriff Palmer remarked, “We continue to work and go after those who are illegally making, selling, using or possessing controlled substances in Cherokee County. We are not always sure where the road leads us, but rest assured we will continue to travel down that road to rid our county of this menace.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 911 if you observe a crime in progress
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