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Traffic Stop Nets Meth
On Wednesday May 3, 2017, a Clay County Sheriff’s Investigator stopped a Jeep Liberty on Hwy 64 west for a registration violation. A K-9 was deployed and alerted to narcotics being in the vehicle.
Sheriff Davis said a search of the vehicle was conducted where scales and syringes were found, which gave a positive indication of methamphetamine from a road side test.
Evie Lynn Waters, age 24 of Hayesville, was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She received a $3,500 bond and is still being held in the Clay County Detention Center.
The driver of the vehicle, Bobby Lee Reffitt, age 32 of Hayesville, was arrested and charged with No Operators License and Fictitious Registration. He was released on a $500 unsecured bond. The Jeep Liberty he was driving was towed.
Suspicious Vehicle Turns Into Chase
In the early morning hours of Wednesday May 3, 2017, a Clay County Sheriff Deputy was dispatched to the Aztex Gas Station in reference to a suspicious vehicle.
Sheriff Davis said when the deputy arrived, he discovered a red Ford F-150 parked at the gas pumps; there was a man behind the wheel that appeared to be sleeping. The deputy was able to get the man to wake up but the man was not very cooperative. He refused to roll the window down for the deputy to talk to him and then sped away.
The vehicle left the parking lot, ran the red light at Hwy 64 and NC 69, and continued down Hwy 64 East at a high rate of speed without any headlights on. Clay County Deputies pursued the truck for approximately 10 miles to Geisky Creek Road reaching speeds of up to 85 miles per hour.
Sheriff Davis said deputies pursued the vehicle until it stopped at a residence on Geisky Creek Road, where the driver was taken into custody without any further incident.
Samuel Elton Moss, 39 of Hayesville, was arrested and charged with Felony Flee to Elude Arrest and has already made a $5,000 bond. His vehicle was seized as part of the “Run and Your Done Law”. Moss has a May 15, 2017 court date.
Suspicious Vehicle Investigation Leads to Drug Arrests
Sheriff Davis said on Thursday May 3, 2017, a Clay County Sheriff Deputy responded to the Clay County Care Center in reference to a suspicious vehicle. During a routine records check, the subjects in the vehicle were discovered to have warrants out of Clay, Cherokee, and Towns Counties.
Emily Ann Silknitter, age 33 of Hayesville, had warrants out of Clay County for Possession of Stolen Goods, and out of Cherokee County for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Johnny Neal Stroud, age 34 of Hayesville, had warrants out of Towns County for Possession of Schedule II, and out of Clay County for Possession of Stolen Goods.
When they were searched after being arrested, Sheriff Davis said they were both in possession of syringes, and they tested positive for containing methamphetamine. This is one of the dangers law enforcement deals with on a daily basis, loaded syringes that could have been used multiple times that present a large risk of disease for law enforcement officers.
Both Silknitter and Stroud received a $3500 bond for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, not including the warrants they had. They are both still in the Clay County Detention Center with a May 15, 2017, court date.
Larceny Followup Leads to Meth Arrest
Sheriff Davis said on Thursday May 4, 2017, a Clay County Sheriff Deputy was following up on a larceny from Walgreens when he observed a male walking on Town Mountain Road that matched the description of the suspect.
The deputy engaged the man in conversation and when the man became extremely nervous and kept pulling at his left pocket, a pat down was conducted. During the pat down the deputy noticed what he believed to be narcotics. A subsequent search revealed a little more than a gram of methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
Sheriff Davis said William Thomas Langford, age 41 of Hayesville, was charged with Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia. He has already made a $5,000 secured bond and has a May 15, 2017 court date.
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