CCSO arrest Blue Ridge on suspected drug violations

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MURPHY, NC – Cherokee County North Carolina Sheriff Derrick Palmer reported the Dec. 30, 2019 arrest of 26 year old, Blue Ridge, GA man Justin Lee Barnes for alleged drug law violations in NC.

During the early evening hours, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) investigators were continuing an ongoing operation into individuals who have been illegally selling controlled substances in Cherokee County, NC. Acting on provided information, investigators placed a residence suspected of selling controlled substances under surveillance.

A vehicle was observed leaving the residence. The investigators observed a vehicle leaving the residence and commenced surveillance when they observed the vehicle commit a vehicle infraction. Upon stopping the vehicle, Justin Lee Barnes was found as a passenger in the vehicle. A wants and warrants check produced several outstanding warrants on Barnes. During a search of Barnes’ person, investigators discovered a trafficking amount of Methamphetamine, schedule II controlled substances, and a quantity of hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Photos are courtesy of CCSO.

Justin Lee Barnes was arrested and taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center where he was charged with traffic in Methamphetamine, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance extradition/fugitive in two other states. The North Carolina Magistrate set a $120,000.00 secure bond. Barnes is expected to be in Cherokee County District Court January 15th, 2020.

Sheriff Palmer said “We are continuing our fight against the onslaught of illegal drugs that are entering and being sold in Cherokee County.”

To report suspicious activity or suspected violations, drug or otherwise, please call 828-837-1344 or submit a tip at

Photos courtesy of CCSO Facebook page.

7 pills are visible in the baggy.

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