By Anthony Gonzalez firstname.lastname@example.org
April 2, 2014
HAMPTONVILLE — Fresh off a random drug sweep in Yadkin County Schools, the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office resumed its Operation “Clean Sweep” by charging two more suspects this week.
The Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that on Friday night, deputies executed a search warrant on an additional duo they allege sold a variety of drugs and alcohol.
Items seized during the search of the residence included marijuana, crack cocaine, Oxycodone, Xanax, Klonopin, non-tax paid liquor, a handgun and $1,960 in cash.
Charged on Friday were Megan Laura Holcomb, 18, and Patrick Brandon Oliver, 20, of Hamptonville.
Holcomb is in custody under a $25,000 secured bond and charged with conspiracy, sell and delivery of Schedule IV controlled substance; possession with intent to sell and deliver Schedule IV, Schedule II, and Schedule VI controlled substance; sell and deliver of Schedule VI controlled substance; maintain a drug dwelling; and sale/distribution of non-tax paid liquor.
Oliver is in custody under a $1 million secured bond charged with sell and deliver Scheduled IV controlled substance; conspiracy to sell and deliver Scheduled IV controlled substance; possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver Schedule IV controlled substance (two counts); possession with intent to sell and deliver Schedule II controlled substance (crack cocaine); possession with intent to sell and deliver Schedule VI controlled substance; trafficking opiates by possession, sell and deliver Schedule VI controlled substance; maintain a drug dwelling; and sale/distribution of non-tax paid liquor.
To date, the Operation “Clean Sweep” roundup has charged more than two dozen suspects throughout Yadkin County.
“People need to know and get the message that drugs are not going to be tolerated in this county…We will take steps to make sure that we round these people up. It doesn’t matter how much or how little you use,” said Sheriff Ricky Oliver during an interview at Starmount High School. “Drug-free schools, safer communities, that’s what we’re doing.”
In addition to Operation “Clean Sweep” last week, Sheriff Oliver and K-9 officers blitzed Yadkin County Schools for a random check on illegal drugs on school grounds. The sweep lead to the discovery of a few marijuana incidents. No drug arrests were made during the school drug sweep. However, deputies were stunned after a Forbush High School teenager was apprehended for allegedly bringing a firearm onto school property.
The student, Desmond Stefon Barrett, 17, informed authorities that he had used the gun to shoot and hunt. He said he knew the shotgun was in the car, but forgot to take it out.
Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.