The following press release has been issued by Clay County Sheriff's Office. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
On the evening of Monday, January 15, 2018, a Clay County Deputy observed a vehicle weaving in the roadway and crossing into the other lane on Hwy 64 West. The registration plate the vehicle was displaying was also fictitious.
Sheriff Davis said the driver, Jeremiah Graves, told the deputy he did not have a valid driver’s license. The backseat passenger, Derrick Ledford, said he had a warrant out of Georgia which was confirmed to be true.
Upon getting the backseat passenger out of the vehicle and placing him under arrest, syringes were found in plain view in the backseat. Then a plastic bag containing what appeared to be meth was found outside the vehicle. It had previously not been there, but none of the occupants of the vehicle knew how it ended up on the ground. When tested, it tested positive for methamphetamine.
According to Sheriff Davis, all three were arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine. In addition to that, Jeremiah Graves, 36 of Murphy, was arrested and charged with Driving on a Revoked license. Lacy Garland, 27 of Murphy, was arrested and charged with just the meth charges. Derrick Ledford, 40 of Murphy, was arrested and additionally taken into custody for the warrant out of Georgia.
They all received $5,000 bonds, Graves has made his and has been released. Ledford and Garland still remain in custody.
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