Sheriff Alan C. Jones announces on July 12, 2018, at approximately 8:45 pm, a unified effort between the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit and Lenoir Police Department Narcotics Division yielded the arrest of two individuals suspected of trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine.
Sarah Deanne Russell, age 31 and Jeffrey Boyd Crosby, age 28, of 1711 NW Poplar Street Apartment #1 in Lenoir were both charged after a search warrant for drugs was executed at their residence. Agents have been investigating them for about a month and suspect they are responsible for distributing multiple ounces of methamphetamine in the Lenoir area. During the investigation, Agents collected information and conducted undercover operations, which led to enough evidence for the issuance of a search warrant.
Agents searched the home and seized approximately 122 grams of methamphetamine, 49 dosage units of Tramadol, 9.1 grams of marijuana, $103.00 in cash, and assorted drug paraphernalia. The drugs have a street value of $18,500 according to the North Carolina State Drug Guidelines. Also seized was a semi-automatic pistol and two shotguns. One of shotguns had been modified for concealment and qualified as a weapon of mass destruction.
As a result of the investigation, Russell was charged with one count felonious trafficking methamphetamine by possession and one count felonious maintain a dwelling to keep/store a controlled substance. She was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $100,000.00 secured bond and has a first court appearance scheduled on July 16, 2018. Crosby was charged with one count felonious trafficking methamphetamine by possession, one count felonious possession of a weapon of mass destruction and one count felonious maintain a dwelling to keep/store a controlled substance. He was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $250,000.00 secured bond and also has a first court appearance scheduled in July 16, 2018. If convicted, both Russell and Crosby are facing mandatory prison sentences.
“This was a great team effort between two agencies. We will continue to work together and aggressively go after drug dealers”. -Sheriff Alan C. Jones
The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office is always in search of any information involving the use and distribution of illegal controlled substances. A concerned citizen’s information and assistance will be kept confidential. If you have any information concerning illegal drug activity in Caldwell County, please contact the:
Caldwell County Sheriff's Office I.C.E. Unit at 828-757-1178.
Lenoir Police Department’s Narcotics Division at 828-757-2145.
Hudson Police Department at 828-728-5021.
Granite Falls Police Department at 828-396-3358.
Caldwell County Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300.