The Ashe County Sheriffs’ Office recently apprehended one of two men wanted on several charges stemming from a wide-ranging drug investigation.
Anthony Duane Byers, 40, was taken into custody without incident shortly after midnight on July 31, 2014, at his parents’ home in Jefferson, according to Sheriff James Williams.
Byers is being held in the Ashe County Detention Center under a $1 million bond. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Thursday, Aug. 7.
Anthony Lee Day, 38, of Crumpler, remains at large.
Williams said the ACSO continues to search for Day, but it’s possible he may have fled the county.
Both men have long criminal histories spanning several decades, according to information culled from the N.C. Department of Public Safety. They are currently facing 20 years to life in prison.
According to documents released by the ACSO last week, Byers is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon (Norinco 98 12 gauge shotgun), possession of a weapon of mass death and destruction (.22 Rossi rifle with an overall length of 25.75 inches) and possession of .5 ounces of marijuana or less.
Byers plead guilty to a felony of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, in Ashe County, in July 2004, and was sentenced to 61 to 83 months in prison.
Day is charged with possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia (glass meth pipe with a rubber hose and a marijuana pipe with residue) and .5 ounces of marijuana or less.
Additional information on the entire scope of the investigation is unavailable at this time, pending the arrest of Day and the completion of the investigation.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Day is urged to contact the ACSO at 336-846-5633.
Alan Bulluck can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @albulluck.