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May 24, 2019

Meth Operation Shut Down in Clay County; Multiple Arrests Made

The following press release has been issued by Clay County Sheriff’s Office.  All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

On September 5, 2018 the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with local, state and federal agencies from Georgia and North Carolina, concluded a 16-month investigation resulting in multiple arrests and seizure of drugs, stolen weapons and currency derived from methamphetamine distribution.

As the investigation developed, it was determined that it would involve multiple jurisdictions in Georgia and North Carolina.  Investigators worked closely with the District Attorney’s Office and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office to ensure a complete and thorough investigation throughout all jurisdictional boundaries.   With the assistance of these agencies, the investigation uncovered a highly organized network of methamphetamine distribution in both states.

So far, this investigation has resulted in the arrest of:

Charles Michael Ledford, 48, of Conyers GA for Trafficking Methamphetamine.

Bobby Roger “Rob” Burch 47 of Hayesville for Trafficking Methamphetamine. Warrants are pending in Clay County for Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place for Controlled Substances, Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Methamphetamine, and Possession of Stolen Firearms.

Michael Dean Byers, 46, of Young Harris for Trafficking Methamphetamine.  Warrants are pending in Clay County for Trafficking Methamphetamine, Sell and Deliver Methamphetamine and a True Bill of Indictment for Possession of Methamphetamine.

Donna Michelle Morrow, 50, of Young Harris for Trafficking Methamphetamine.  Warrants are pending in Clay County for Trafficking Methamphetamine and Sell and Deliver Methamphetamine.

Kimberly Deanne Moss, 45, of Hayesville for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana up to ½ Ounce and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Donald Harold Tomlinson, 33, of Hayesville for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana up to ½ Ounce and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Peggy Louise Mashburn, 56, of Hayesville for Trafficking Methamphetamine, Possession With Intent to Manufacture Sell and Deliver Methamphetamine and Marijuana.

Eugene “Bo” Mashburn, 56, of Hayesville is a fugitive and has multiple warrants for his arrest pending in Clay County.

The conclusion of this operation has resulted in a significant reduction of thefts in the county.

This is still an active investigation and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office anticipates more arrests of subjects involved in this criminal organization.

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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