Weekend drug bust, robbery, and near drowning keep emergency personnel busy


Brittney Burns – Staff Writer

A series of crimes in Macon County kept law enforcement and emergency personnel busy over the weekend.

On Friday evening Macon County Deputies stopped a tractor trailer on 441 North near Cowee Mountain. The MCSO Narcotic Officers and K9s searched the vehicle and recovered approximately seven grams of methamphetamine along with pipes and other drug paraphernalia.

The two West Virginia truck drivers Jason Yax and John Blessing were arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bonds of $10,000 were set by the magistrate.

According to Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland, during the traffic stop at least one of the truck drivers admitted to driving to Oakwood, Ga., from West Virginia on Friday morning with the intent of purchasing meth before heading to Sylva to pick up a load of tomatoes.

One of the truckers also admitted to deputies that just prior to being stopped by officers, the two men stopped and both participated in smoking meth before getting back on the highway headed for Sylva.

Before 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, emergency personnel and the Macon County Sheriff’s Office responded to an emergency call on Lickskillet Road to a possible drowning. When officers arrived on scene, CPR was being performed on a 19-month-old boy who had fallen into a small installed fish pond in a neighbor’s yard.

When emergency personnel arrived, the boy was unresponsive and EMS workers continued the CPR started by neighbors during the transport to the hospital.

“Each and every person involved with this rescue played a significant role in saving this baby’s life,” said Sheriff Robert Holland. “Take one person out of the scenario and we would have had a very different outcome.  They all are heroes in my book but It’s only by the grace of God there is a happy ending to this story.”

The toddler continues to recover at the hospital.

Law enforcement had to leave the scene of the Lickskillet incident to respond to a breaking and entering in progress at the Thai Restaurant located on 441 South. When deputies arrived they located a suspect inside the restaurant. Credence Julian was arrested and taken into custody following a brief struggle. Charges include felony breaking and/or entering; felony larceny after breaking and/or entering; felony possession of stolen goods; misdemeanor resisting public officer (two counts); misdemeanor Injury to real property; misdemeanor Injury to personal property; misdemeanor child abuse (two counts). Magistrate set Julian’s bond at $30,000.

After taking Julian into custody, law enforcement learned that two children had been left alone in a local motel room while he broke into the Thai Restaurant. The Department of Social Services was notified and deputies transported the children to the Sheriff’s Office. The children have since been returned to their family. The investigation continues.