The Ashe County Sheriff’s Office formally announced the arrest of four people on felony drug charges on Monday, June 23.
According to the release, Sheriff James Williams announced the arrest of two Caldwell County residents after a month-long investigation by the ACSO and the State Bureau of Investigation near Warrensville.
Rocky Sigmon and Christopher Triplett of Caldwell County were caught after officers executed a traffic stop on the two.
Sheriff’s deputies discovered 455 grams of crystal methamphetamine in a black bag that was dropped by Triplett as he attempted to flee from the scene. Both Sigmon and Triplett are still in custody, each under a $500,000 secured bond.
The street value of the methamphetamine was estimated to be between $30,000 and $68,000.
A second methamphetamine bust was made on June 5, after the ACSO conducted a raid at 186 Bower Calloway Road in Jefferson.
William Duncan, 30 and Ashley Bledsoe, 25, both of Jefferson, were arrested at the scene. Duncan was charged with the manufacture of methamphetamine, felony conspiracy, maintaining a dwelling place, possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bledsoe was charged with the manufacture of methamphetamine, felony conspiracy, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.
Duncan’s bond was set at $500,500 secured while Bledsoe’s bond was set at $150,500 secured. Both Duncan and Bledsoe remain in custody at the Ashe County Detention Center.
According to the release, sheriff’s deputies found three methamphetamine labs in the home. One of the labs was active, while the other two were old.
Williams said this was the second time a methamphetamine lab has been seized from the Jefferson residence since 2009.