Drug bust seizes $130K worth of meth


Abraham Mahshie

Contributing Writer

Three career criminals were arrested April 10 as part of a sting

Pamela Wykle

operation at 900 Cat Creek Rd. in Franklin by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, putting an end to a pipeline of methamphetamines from the Atlanta area to Franklin.

Pamela Nicole Wykle, 42, and Melissa Ann Burch, 39, of Franklin

Melissa Ann Burch

and Kenneth Wayne Underwood, 50, of Otto, were part of a 10 p.m. raid that seized some 2.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine with a street value of $130,000, according to the Sheriff’s Office. 

Wykle and Burch are each being held on a $2.5 million bail while Underwood is being held on a $3 million bail.

Kenneth Underwood

“It’s not the first time that we’ve had trafficking levels of amount of methamphetamine coming from the Atlanta area,” said Sheriff Robert Holland. “We’ve got several ongoing investigations as well as defendants that have been charged with methamphetamine coming out of Atlanta.”

Christopher Allen Wikstrom,

Christopher Allen Wikstrom, 46, of Toccoa, Ga. was arrested April 12 in connection with the trafficking ring and found with 261 g of methamphetamine, the Sheriff’s Office website stated. His bond was set at $1.5 million.

“These individuals are not new to us,” said Holland of the previous convictions and time spent in prison of the locals involved in the trafficking

261 grams

ring. The sheriff added that he was confident the months of investigation will lead to a conviction.

 “Obviously the stints of prison that they’ve had in the past didn’t mean much to them,” he said. “Unfortunately for them, this has the possibility of them doing significant time, many years’ time.”

Sheriff Holland said that the last person arrested with 2 pounds of methamphetamine was Brodie Hamilton, who was sentenced to 56 years in 2017.

A court date for the three  was given as April 23.