Early Morning Raid NABS Fugitive

Police & Government

Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the April 14th, 218 arrest of Benjamin Lee Stanley, a 39 year old Topton North Carolina man for domestic violence violations and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Over the past several months the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office has several interactions with Stanley including evading arrest on charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Additionally, there were two active warrants for the arrest of Stanley for violation of Domestic Violence Protective Orders. On several occasions Stanley had evaded arrest including a Friday morning encounter where Stanley led investigators on a chase eventually losing them as Stanley, who was operating a jeep, took an off road trail.

During the early morning hours of April 14th, 2018 deputies with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division travelled Stanley’s residence and utilized a search warrant to gain entry. Upon entering the residence it was discovered that Stanley was again attempting escape by dropping down into the crawlspace of the residence and was hiding until discovered by the deputies. Stanley was taken into custody and transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center.

Benjamin Lee Stanley was served with an indictment for being a felon in possession of a firearm and was placed on at $15,000.00 secure bond. Additionally, two domestic violence protective order violation warrants were served on Stanley in which he was placed on a 48 hour no bond condition. Stanley was also charged with Resist Obstruct and Delay and was placed on a $3,000.00 secure bond. Stanley is currently being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center.

Sheriff Derrick Palmer stated “Great work getting Mr. Stanley off the streets. It is obvious he has no regard for the court or the law. This was some outstanding work by the patrol officers who took this issue to heart, planning out a great mission and ensuring no one was hurt. Job Well Done!”

To report suspicious activity and suspect violations of the law please call 828-837-3144 or submit a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov.

Vandalism of the River Walk area in Murphy

Press Release

Around March of this year the Murphy Police Department learned through social media that the River Walk area in Murphy had been vandalized. The vandalism took place around the Leech Place area of the River Walk. The Murphy Police Department started an investigating of incident and also utilized extra foot patrols on the River Walk area. During the investigation Officers identified several suspects. Officers determined the suspects to be juvenile’s. Officers conducted several interviews in this case and this case is still ongoing. The disposition of this case is still pending but due to the suspects being juvenile’s there will be no further press release on this case. The juvenile suspect’s are cooperating with law enforcement in this case.

The River Walk area is a beautiful area and a great asset for our community, we along with our community take pride in the River Walk. We ask the public to assist us in taking care of the area, by notifying the Murphy Police Department of suspicious activity in this area or any area as soon as possible.

The Murphy Police Department would like to thank the workers of the River Walk for their hard and dedicated work so we, the community can enjoy it.

 

Dustin D. Smith
Assistant Chief of Police
Murphy Police Department
93 Peachtree St.
Murphy, NC 28906
(O) (828) 837-2214
(F) (828) 837-2002
www.murphypolice.com

6 Charged in Federal Case

Police & Government

Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced following a 2-year investigation 6 individuals were charged on federal indictments for the illegal possession and distribution of controlled substances in Cherokee County.

In early 2016 Detectives with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit received information regarding the Trafficking of Methamphetamine into Cherokee County from the Metro Atlanta Area. Detectives initiated an investigation into the source of the Methamphetamine being brought into Cherokee County. During the course of the investigation Detectives conducted numerous hours of surveillance, undercover purchases of Methamphetamine, multiple interviews and traffic stops resulting in multiple seizures of Methamphetamine. It was later determined during the course of the investigation that the contact for this source of Methamphetamine was an inmate in the Georgia Department of Corrections.

Detectives from the Cherokee County Narcotics Unit began a joint investigation with agents from the Georgia Department of Corrections, the GBI, FBI, DEA and the US Attorney’s Office.   As a result of that investigation six federal indictments were issued for Conspiracy to Sell and Deliver Methamphetamine and for the Sale and Delivery of Methamphetamine for the following persons:

Glen McTaggart (confined Georgia Prison)

Dale Hamilton Dutto (confined Georgia Prison)

Isaac Daniel Hughes (not yet arrested)

Carla Blair Lloyd (currently being held)

Candice Brooke Cole (currently being held)

James Donald Taylor (currently being held)

McTaggart and Dutto are currently incarcerated in the Georgia Department of Corrections, federal detainers have been issued for both. Taylor and Cole are currently being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center on other charges, federal detainers have been issued for both. Lloyd was taken into federal custody and is being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center for the US Marshals. Hughes is currently at large.

Sheriff Derrick Palmer stated “Again, these investigations are completed over night. This is a push in the right direction as we continue our war against drugs!”

To report suspicious activity and suspect violations of the law please call 828-837-3144 or submit a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov.

Two arrested on drug charges

Police & Government

MURPHY, N.C. — Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the March 22, 2018, arrest of Dustin Eugene Mcclure, a 41-year-old white male, of Marble, North Carolina, and 36-year-old Timothy Robert Norton, of Candler, North Carolina, for possessing a trafficking amount of methamphetamine.

On March 22, 2018, detectives with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit provided information to the North Carolina Probation and Parole that the Marble residence of Mcclure possibly had stolen property and illegally possessed controlled substances.

Upon arriving at the Marble residence, stolen property and drug paraphernalia were observed in plain view. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence and conducted a search of the property. As a result, an excess of 117 grams of methamphetamine were seized along with two bottles of suspected steroids, a bottle of suspected MDMA capsules, marijuana seeds, stolen property, and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.

Mcclure was arrested and taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center where he was charged with: TRAFFIC IN METHAMPHETAMINE, PWIMSD METHAMPHETAMINE, MAINTAIN PLACE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, POSSESSION OF STOLEN GOODS, POSSESS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. Mcclure is currently being held on a $110,000 secure bond and is expected in Cherokee County District Court March 27, 2018.

Norton was arrested and taken to the Cheorkee County Detention Center where he was charged with TRAFFIC IN METHAMPHETAMINE, PWIMSD METHAMPHETAMINE, , MAINTAIN PLACE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, POSSESSION OF STOLEN GOODS, POSSESS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. Norton is currently being held on a $110,000 secure bond and is expected in Cherokee County District Court March 27, 2018.

Sheriff Palmer stated, “This was a pretty fair amount of dope taken off the street, the little over 4 ounces or nearly a quarter pound has an approximate street value of a little over $10,000. Good working with Probation and Parole to take these two down.”

Sheriff Palmer asks if you should have any information concerning this case or any other case to report suspicious activity and suspected violations of the law, please call 828-837-3144 or submit a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov.

Murphy man charged with threats

Police & Government

MURPHY, N.C. — Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the March 13, 2018, arrest of 55-year-old Keith Charles Celebreeze Sr. of Murphy, North Carolina, in connection with making threats via social media and emails.

For the past several months, numerous threatening and demeaning emails and social media postings were sent to individuals of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office as well as individuals employed with the District Attorney’s office in Waynesville, North Carolina. The State Bureau of Investigation conducted an investigation and several charges were taken out on Celebreeze. At some point in the investigation, Celebreeze had failed to make a scheduled court appearance.

Celebreeze surrendered himself to the Cherokee County Detention Center for the following charges: FAILURE TO APPEAR ON MISDEMEANOR X 3, EXTORTION X 2, and INTIMIDATING WITNESS X 2. He has a $357,000 secure bond and has an April 3, 2018, District Court date.

Sheriff Palmer stated, “We should remember, with the right of free speech, we have a responsibility not to infringe on the rights of others, and we will hold you accountable.”

Sheriff Palmer asks if you should have any information concerning this case or any other case to report suspicious activity and suspected violations of the law, please call 828-837-3144 or submit a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov.

Sex Offender Charged For Living too Close to School

Police & Government

Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced that March 15th, 2018 arrest of 37 year old Adrian Montez Austin, of Andrews North Carolina for violations of the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry.

On March 1st of this year a complaint was made with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office that Austin had established a residence the complainant felt was too close to the High School in Andrews North Carolina.

Deputies with the Patrol Division and Investigations Division worked together and were able to obtain evidence that Austin had established a residence approximately 290 feet from the Andrews High School, as well as moving from Clay County and failing to notify of his new address.

During the investigation information was discovered that indicated that Austin was involved in the illegal sale of controlled substances and had possibly involved young teen age juvenile females.

Austin was arrested at his Andrews North Carolina residence and incarcerated in the Cherokee County Detention Center for 2 counts of Violation of the North Carolina General Statutes pertaining to the Sex Offender Registry. He is currently under a $15,000.00 secure bond and has a March 27th, 2018 court date.

Austin’s arrest was part of Operation Southern Impact II where a total of 76 people were arrested, and 13 children were rescued or identified as victims during a mutually coordinated operation between eight southeastern states. The joint, proactive event, Operation Southern Impact II, was coordinated by nine Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces in those eight states and focused on persons who possess and distribute child pornography and those who are sexually exploiting children in other ways using technology and the internet.

Sheriff Palmer stated “As you can see this is just one of the reasons that we are so diligent in our monitoring of Sex Offenders and why we have partnered with our State and Federal Partners to keep our innocents safe.”

Sheriff Palmer asks if you should have any information concerning this case or any other case to report suspicious activity and suspected violations of the law to please call 828-837-3144 or submit a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov.

Andrews man charged with murder

Police & Government

MURPHY, N.C. — Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the March 4. 2018, arrest of 36-year-old James Donald Taylor Jr., of Andrews, North Carolina, for second degree murder.

On March 4, 2018, the Cherokee County 911 Communications Center received a call for service to an address in Andrews, North Carolina. The nature of the call was that a female inside the residence had been shot. While law enforcement and emergency services personnel were en route to the scene, further information became known that Taylor had fled the scene in a small unknown make and model vehicle. Additional information was later given that Taylor was still armed.

Information was broadcast concerning the make and model of the vehicle that Taylor was occupying. A short time later, a deputy with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office observed the vehicle inside the town limits of Murphy. A felony stop was initiated which included several officers of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Murphy Police Department.

During the arrest of Taylor, information was later made known that the victim was deceased. Investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by agents of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation worked late into the night continuing the investigation and seizing several items of evidence from the Andrews, North Carolina, residence.

Taylor has been booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center on the charge of second degree murder. Currently, Taylor has no bond.

Sheriff Palmer stated, “This investigation is in its early stages as we continue to collect information. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families and the community as we all experience this loss. We appreciate the assistance that has been provided by the Murphy Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.”

Sheriff Palmer asks if you should have any information concerning this case or any other case to report suspicious activity and suspected violations of the law, please call 828-837-3144 or submit a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov.

Pair charged with trafficking in methamphetamine

Police & Government

MURPHY, N.C. — Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the March 1, 2018, arrest of 33-year-old Jennifer Renee Ploof, of Rome, Georgia, and 41-year-old Dustin Eugene Mcclure, of Marble, North Carolina, for charges involving the trafficking of methamphetamine.

On March 1, 2018, a K-9 deputy with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office while on patrol observed the vehicle Ploof and Mcclure were occupying, was speeding and initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle failed to immediately stop, at which time another deputy arrived to assist with the stop. While deputies were attempting to stop the vehicle, the passenger was observed throwing a plastic bag from the window.

Once the vehicle was stopped and upon approaching the vehicle, the deputies observed a crystalline substance on the passenger. The deputies also recovered the plastic bag thrown from the vehicle, which contained a quantity of a crystalline substance. Both the substance on the passenger and from the bag recovered were tested and produced a positive result for methamphetamine. An additional amount of crystalline substance was recovered from the floor and door of the vehicle, along with digital scales. Approximately 34 grams, or a little over 1 ounce, of methamphetamine was seized during the arrest.

Jennifer Renee Ploof was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center for TRAFFIC IN METHAMPHETAMINE, MAINTAIN PLACE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, and POSSESS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. She was released after making a $25,000 secure bond. She has a March 6, 2018, District Court date.

Dustin Eugene Mcclure was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center and remains under a $25,000 secure bond for TRAFFIC IN METHAMPHETAMINE, MAINTAIN PLACE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, and POSSESS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. Mcclure has a March 6, 2018, court date.

Sheriff Palmer stated, “Another battle won in our war on drugs in Cherokee County. What was taken off the street today potentially cost these dealers a little over $3,000, but the amount is immeasurable when looking at the potential lives that could be saved.”

Sheriff Palmer asks if you should have any information concerning this case or any other case to report suspicious activity and suspected violations of the law, please call 828-837-3144 or submit a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov.

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