Avery County Sheriff’s Office Announces Results of Operation Rattlesnake

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The Avery County Sheriff’s Office has announced the results of Operation Rattlesnake, an undercover drug operation which has taken place over an eight month period. 

Operation Rattlesnake was named as law enforcement is attempting to get those spreading poison out from hiding and brought to the light of justice, according Avery Sheriff Kevin Frye. Multiple agencies took part in the operation and the Avery County Sheriff’s Office notes that it could not have conducted or executed such an operation without the cooperation and assistance of those agencies.

 The agencies which assisted were the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office, McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, Boone Police Department, Banner Elk Police Department, Beech Mountain Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation. 

Operation Rattlesnake has been successful in warrants being taken on 30 different people with over 70 charges being brought thus far.  Law enforcement is still trying to apprehend some of those offenders, in the past 24 hours those taken into custody were:

*  The charges listed are not a complete list of all charges but are the higher class felonies.

Gary White- Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver Marijuana

Gary White

Melody Edminson- Trafficking in Opium or Heroin

Melody Edminson

Kassandra Allen- Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver Schedule II controlled substances

Kassandra Allen

Johnathan Warren- Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver Schedule III controlled substances

Johnathan Warren

Joshua Brewer- Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver Schedule II controlled substances X2

Joshua Brewer

Megan Dear- Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver Marijuana X2

Megan Dear

Demi Hicks- Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver Schedule III X3 and possession to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver Marijuana

Demi Hicks

Steven McGee- Possession with Intent to Manufacture Sell or Deliver Schedule II controlled substances X2

Steven McGee

Michael Turbyfill- Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Marijuana

Michael Turbyfill

Heather Woodie- Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver Schedule II controlled substances X4

Heather Woodie

Douglas Metcalf- Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver Schedule II and III controlled substances and Habitual Felon

Douglas Metcalf

William Cook- Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver Schedule II controlled substances

William Cook

Molly Thomas- Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver marijuana and harboring a fugitive.

Molly Thomas

Tonnie Chandler – Conspire Sell Schedule II Controlled Substances

Tonnie Chandler

Wendy Wise Ledford – Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Schedule IV, Habitual Felon

Wendy Wise Ledford

Bridget Mitchell – Conspire Sell Schedule II Controlled Substances

Bridget Mitchell

Patricia Zahn- Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Schedule III

Patricia Zahn

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