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.
Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the January 5th, 2016 arrest of 22-year-old Tori Ann Nicely, an Andrews, North Carolina woman and Jason Alan Coffey, an 18-year-old Murphy, North Carolina man on drug possession charges.
Shortly after 1 am on January 5, 2016, deputies with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office made a traffic stop on the vehicle that Nicely and Coffey were occupying. In a subsequent search, Methamphetamine (packaged to sale), Oxycodone, MDMA (aka Molly/Ecstasy), a large amount of U.S. currency and a 9 mm rifle were seized.
During a wants and warrant check of Nicely, active warrants for Probation Violation and Defrauding a Drug Screen were found. Jason Coffey also had an active warrant for Obtaining Property by False Pretense from a case previously investigated by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office where Coffey had reportedly sold a stolen television to a local pawn shop.
Nicely and Coffey were arrested and taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center where they were charged with the additional charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Schedule II Oxycodone, Possession of Schedule I MDMA, Possession of Schedule VI Marijuana, Maintain Vehicle for Use, Storage, or Sale of Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Manufacture, Sell, or Deliver Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Possession of Drug Paraphernalia other than marijuana.
Sheriff Palmer remarked, “Good team effort on this. We are continuing our fight against the illegal possession and sale of drugs in Cherokee County. I want to commend the uniformed deputies who were alert and followed through with what appeared to be a minor traffic violation which turned into a good seizure of some very dangerous drugs.”
Sheriff Palmer encourages any one that has information on this crime or any other to report it by calling the anonymous tip line at 828-837- 1344 or by emailing a tip to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 911 if you observe a crime in progress