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June 15, 2019

Macon County Meth Bust: Two Wanted

At the conclusion of an ongoing operation by the Macon County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit search warrants were executed resulting in one suspect being arrested and two others currently listed as “WANTED”.

On January 23rd, MCSO Detectives and the MCSO Special Response Team executes a search warrant on the residence located at 2755 W Old Murphy Rd. where drugs have been purchased during an ongoing narcotic operation called Operation Ice Storm. Following the execution of the search warrant, Detectives were able to seize approximately 70 Grams of Methamphetamine and seized several firearms.

Sheriff Robert Holland states, “This Investigation has been an extensive operation. All three of these individuals named have criminal histories and pending criminal charges. We hope these suspect’s days of selling drugs in our community are over thanks to the efforts of our Narcotics Unit and all who have assisted.”

Edward Murphy II was arrested and charged with

Trafficking Methamphetamine

Possession with Intent to Manufacture Sell or Deliver Methamphetamine

Maintaining a Dwelling to Keep or Sell Controlled Substance

Following his arrest Murphy was placed under a $200,000 bond by Magistrate Brogden.

Order for Arrests have been issued for Gerald Wayne Shope and Natasha Bates Dehart following True Bill of Indictments by the Macon County Grand Jury.

New Charges following “Operation Ice Storm” for Shope and Dehart are as follows:

Trafficking in Methamphetamine by Possession

Trafficking in Methamphetamine by Transportation

Trafficking in Methamphetamine by Conspiracy

Possession With Intent to Manufacture Sell or Deliver Methamphetamine

Sell or Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance

Maintaining a Dwelling to Keep or Sell Controlled Substance

Gerald Shope and Natasha Dehart were last known to be travelling in a black in color Volkswagon Jetta.

Anyone who has information as to the whereabouts of Shope and DeHart are urged to contact law enforcement immediately. You can also call Macon County CrimeStoppers Hotline at (828) 349-2600

About The Author

Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.

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