Operation Thunderstruck yields 27 arrests

Operation Thunderstruck yields 27 arrests

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After months of undercover work by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office Narcotic Unit, 27 suspects have been arrested since Friday, Sept. 9, with two suspects still at large at the conclusion of Operation Thunderstruck.

“We are grateful that our community places enough trust in us to provide crucial information to help identify illegal activities in their community,” said Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland. “While some citizens may think that the information they provide falls on deaf ears, the fact is officers work diligently to follow up with information and build cases where appropriate.  This operation serves as an example of why sharing information and building partnerships in the community is so important.  We always appreciate the help and support from our citizens.”

Friday morning during pre-dawn raids, officers with the Macon and Jackson County Sheriff’s Offices, State Bureau of Investigation, District Attorney’s Office, Franklin and Highlands Police, N.C. Probation and Parole and agents with the Drug Enforcment Administration (DEA), Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), and Homeland Security initiated raids on residences throughout Macon County serving warrants for drug related charges.

These arrests follow a covert undercover operation conducted by members of the Macon County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit.  Investigators have spent several months gathering intelligence on individuals suspected of selling various illegal substances throughout Macon County.  Based on information gathered, officers were able to identify individual sources involved in criminal activity and were able to arrange multiple purchases and deliveries of narcotics and other illegal substances. Some of the information gathered by the Sheriff’s Office included tips from citizens in the community. Substances purchased during the operation included methamphetamine, opiates, prescription drugs and heroin.

Sheriff Holland noted that while Operation Thunderstruck was completed in one raid, the suspects were all individual drug dealers and not part of a single large scale operation. As of Monday, six of the suspects have bonded out of jail. Court dates for the individuals vary and the investigation is still ongoing.

Two suspects remain at large and the MCSO is seeking the publics help in notifying the remaining individuals. Jerimy Adam Burr, 34, charged with felony sell/deliver heroin and Doyle Dooger Ramirez,30, felony sell/deliver Schedule II controlled substance (two counts).

Arrests made at the Conclusion of Operation Thunderstruck:

Justin Michael Yates, 39, Felony trafficking in methamphetamine (two counts); Felony sell/deliver schedule ii controlled substance (two counts); Felony maintain vehicle/dwelling/place for manufacture/sale/delivery of; Controlled substance (two counts); Bond: $300,000 secured

Joseph Alan Wischnowski, 32, Felony sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance (two counts); Felony trafficking in methamphetamine; Bond: $30,000 secured

Jessica McMahan Stottlemyer, 32, Felony sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance (three counts); Felony maintain vehicle/dwelling/place for manufacture/sale/; Delivery of controlled substance (three counts); Bond: $20,000 secured

Aaron Taylor Spies, 21; Felony sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance; Felony maintain vehicle/dwelling/place; For manufacture/sale/delivery of controlled substance (two counts); Felony manufacture/sell/deliver/possess controlled substance within 1000 feet of school; Bond: $60,000 secured

Amy Morgan Smith, 24, Felony trafficking in methamphetamine; Bond: in custody in Georgia awaiting transfer to Macon County

Casey Charles Smith, 29, Felony trafficking in methamphetamine; Felony sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance; Bond: $30,000 secured

Adam Joshua Sanders, 29, Felony sell/deliver schedule ii controlled substance; Bond: $8,000 secured

Heather Lee Reynolds, 24, Felony sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance; Bond: $25,000 secured

Chad Thomas Moses, 28; Felony sell/deliver schedule ii controlled substance; Bond: $10,000 secured

Heather Marie McConnell, 35; Felony sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance; Bond: $25,000 secured

Katherine Aldrich Manders, 46; Felony sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance; Bond: $8,000 secured

Eddie Mitchell Kresal, 32; Felony trafficking in methamphetamine (two counts); Felony sell/deliver schedule ii substance (two counts); Felony maintain vehicle/dwelling/place for manufacture/sale/delivery of controlled substance; Bond: $300,000 secured

Candance Lynn Kent, 28, Felony sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance(two counts); Felony maintain vehicle/dwelling/place for manufacture/sale/delivery of controlled substance (two counts); Bond: $20,000 secured

Tara Lynn Hash, 28; Felony sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance; Bond: $7,500 secured

Michael Clifford Hamlin, 37; Felony sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance (two counts); Bond: $50,000

Shawn Ray Davis, 39; Felony sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance; Bond: $25,000 secured

Adrienne Nichole Carver, 29; Felony trafficking in methamphetamine (two counts); Felony sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance (three counts); Felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver methamphetamine; Misdemeanor child abuse; Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia; Bond: $70,000 secured

Derek Michael Bryson, 30; Felony sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance; Bond: $8,000 secured

Steven Edward Bowman, 30; Felony maintain vehicle/dwelling/place for controlled substance; Bond: $1,000 secured

Callee Suzanne Bowman, 28; Felony maintain vehicle/dwelling/place for controlled substance; Bond: $1,000 secured

Jonathan Russell Key, 30;Felony sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance (two counts); Bond: $50,000 secured

Connor Christian Sim, 26; Felony sell/deliver heroin; Felony maintain vehicle/dwelling/place for controlled substance; Bond: $50,000 secured;

Kendra Elizabeth Arbelo, 27; Felony maintain vehicle/dwelling/place for controlled substance; Felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver; Schedule II controlled substance; Misdemeanor simple possession of schedule II controlled substance; Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia; Bond: $10,000 secured

Damon Allen Parker, 34; Felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance; Misdemeanor simple possession of schedule II controlled substance; Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia; Bond: $7,500 secured

Diane Nichole Miller, 27; Felony possession of methamphetamine; Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia; Bond: $500 secured

James Jason McMahan, 52; Felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver methamphetamine; Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia; Bond: $6,000 secured

Leslie Anne Jones, 30; Felony sell/deliver Schedule II controlled substance; Misdemeanor larceny; Misdemeanor potion of drug paraphernalia

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  1. Do you think arresting these individuals will make drugs go away? Are we any safer as a community, or is this just a waste of time and resources? Is it really the role of police to track down petty drug dealers? The war on drugs has become one of the greatest scams perpetrated on the American tax payer. We build more prisons, incarcerate millions, create a police state, and still drugs continue to flow into this country and to be consumed. We should be asking why so many want to consume drugs in our society? Perhaps the root of the problem is a great sense of hopelessness, a feeling of worthlessness, a desire to escape the dead end life that this country offers so many. We are not stopping the use of drugs by rounding people up, we are simply treating the symptom while the disease flourishes.

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