Published On: Mon, Mar 19th, 2012

Ten arrested in Birdtown drug bust

     Multi-agency drug enforcement officers went to 1712 Adams Creek in the Birdtown Community on Monday, March 12, where Gregory “Rodney” Cline and Brandy C. West reside, as part of an on going investigation. Upon arrival, officers encountered 10 people at the residence.

 

Drugs, needles, money and other items were confiscated in a drug bust in the Birdtown Community where 10 people were arrested. (CIPD photo)

    Subsequently, a large amount of crystal methamphetamine, marijuana, cash, drug paraphernalia, and an explosive device (pipe bomb) were recovered by authorities. All 10 people at the residence were arrested and charged with applicable drug violations.

     The Asheville Police Department Bomb Squad assisted with the explosive device that was found at the residence.

     Numerous drug charges and charges for the explosive device are pending in Tribal, State, and Federal Courts:

– Brandy Charisse West, 25, Cherokee

  • Probation Violation
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana

– Destiny Rose Burgess, 19, Cherokee

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

– Peace Prosperity Walgrave, 19, Cherokee

  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine

 – Gregory Lee Cline, 36, Cherokee

  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine

 – Roberta Irene Wolfe, 38, Cherokee

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Possession of Controlled Substance on Jail Premises (x2)

 – Jeremy Ryan Moore, 35, Sylva

  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine

 – Alex Rivera, 19, Cherokee

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Arrest Warrant – Tribal (Larceny)

 – Samantha Larch, 17, Cherokee

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 – Derrick Potts, 45, Highlands

  • Arrest Warrant – Jackson County

 – Bobby Douglas Hyde, 31, Bryson City

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

      “I am certainly proud of the combined efforts from our law enforcement neighbors. Drug crimes and property crimes are a major concern in our community,” said Cherokee Chief of Police Ben Reed.  “We want to do what we can to combat drugs and provide some relief to our communities and families. The kind of situation we resolved at the Cline residence is sickening. We have had a great response from people in that neighborhood. I’m glad our community is coming together to take a stand against drug and property crimes.”

     He added, “The more information we have, the better. There will be many more people arrested and charged soon. 

     Swain County Sheriff Curtis Cochran commented, “The Swain County Sheriff’s Office is committed to ridding drugs from our communities and assisting other law enforcement agencies in the war on drugs.”

– Cherokee Indian Police Department

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