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Methamphetamine Trafficking in Macon County

On Friday, July 24, agents of the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office, the Macon County, Sheriff’s Office, and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation took action in an ongoing methamphetamine trafficking investigation.

Joseph Anthony Persicketti, 26, of 214 Omega Hills Road, Franklin, was arrested in Clayton, Ga., and charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

Denise Andrews, 35, of 713 Eskona Street, Newland, N.C., was arrested in Franklin, and charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

Karrie Elisa Varner, 33, of 214 Omega Hills Road, Franklin, was arrested in Clayton, Ga., and charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

Rona Burrell Stone, 48, of 192 Omega Hills Drive, Franklin, N.C., was arrested, in Franklin, and charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

Agents executed three search warrants in North Carolina which resulted in the seizure of approximately 11.5 ounces of crystal methamphetamine (street value of $32,890).

These arrests were the result of an extensive investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

More Charges For Macon County SRO

David Peterson

David Peterson

A mountain SRO accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl in Macon County is now charged with the same crime in Swain County. 32-year-old David Peterson was arrested Tuesday and charged with statutory rape. Court documents are shedding more light on this case. Investigators with the SBI have searched Peterson’s home and they’ve also seized cell phone’s belonging to him and the 15-year-old. The sheriff office says Peterson was only two weeks on the job as an SRO at East Elementary School, but was previously a science teacher at Swain County High School. Court documents say detectives collected bedding from Peterson’s Bryson City home, which were tested for DNA. The 15-year-old girl also admitted to texting Peterson several naked photographs of herself. Peterson was initially charged with statutory rape when evidence of an affair popped up in Macon County. But was was then arrested Tuesday in Swain County. Peterson is being held on $200,000 bond in Swain County. Macon County officials have revoked his bond and have requested he be held until a hearing next week.

Franklin Stabbing

21 Kirkland Road, Franklin, NC 28734

21 Kirkland Road, Franklin, NC 28734

31-year-old Adam Lee Hensley of Franklin has been charged with first degree murder. Macon County Sheriff’s deputies responded Sunday afternoon to a 911 call and found victim Larry Nelson Wilt laying face down on a porch with multiple stab wounds. Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland said emergency responders tried to revive Wilt, but he was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital. Sheriff Holland said the suspect was covered in blood and had his hands raised above his head when deputies arrived and took him from the scene. Both men have past records with Macon County Sheriff’s Department. We’ll bring you more details as they become available.

Update: Additional Charges for Christopher Lee Burke


 CLBIn an update to a story reported several weeks ago by WRGC staff, on May 13th 2013 a special session of the Macon County Grand Jury was held. During this session, investigators of the MCSO and State Bureau of Investigation provided testimony against defendant Christopher Lee Burk.

At the Conclusion, 56 of 56 True Bills of Indictments were handed down by the Grand Jury. Deputies have now served Burk with all the indictments at the Macon County Detention Center where he was currently being housed on the original 11 charges related to crimes against children.

Burk’s previous bond of $500,000 has been increased to $1.5 million dollars and he presently remains incarcerated. The charges Burke was found guilty of ranged from 1st Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor to Attempted Incest of a Child under 13. Sheriff Holland states, “My officers continue to do a tremendous job and while these are difficult cases for even the most seasoned officers, I have confidence that they will be thorough and remain professional as they seek justice on behalf of not only the youngest citizens of our community but especially those involved in this case. We fully intend to seek additional charges against Mr. Burk in the coming weeks as detectives continue to sift through the evidence they have collected”.