According to WJ Police Chief Brian Grogan, Capt. Jason Finney and officers working the driver’s license check point arrested Jared Robert Perri, 20, of Warrensville and St. Petersburg, Fla., and charged him with felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell/deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle and dwelling place for controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while impaired.
Officers seized 23 individual baggies of marijuana for a total of about 4.8 ounces, and seized a 2003 Ford Sport Trac automobile.
Perri was being held in the Ashe County Jail this week on a $26,500 bond. His first appearance was scheduled yesterday (May 15) in Ashe County court.
Two other arrests were made at the check point for individuals driving while impaired.
A driver’s license check point on May 1 resulted in the arrest of Mark Allen Edwards, 23, of West Jefferson. He was charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on a $26,000 bond and scheduled to appear in court on May 22.
The arrest was made by WJPD Officer Brad Jordan. Charges for Edwards also included driving while license revoked, fictitious tag and no insurance.
An investigation by Lt. Detective Chris Welch resulted in the recent felony arrests of three Ashe County residents.
Thurman Allen Padgett, 38, of Jefferson, has been charged with four felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses using a stolen credit card from Watauga County. He was released on an $8,000 bond and scheduled to appear in court on May 22.
Sabrina Nicole Little, 26, of Lansing, has been charged with two felony counts of obtaining controlled substance by fraud, using altered photocopied prescription to obtain controlled substance. She was released on a $5,000 bond and scheduled to appear in court on July 17.
Danna Arlene Yon, 24, of Creston, has been charged with two felony counts of larceny by employee, on two occasions allegedly embezzling money while working at the Coffee House/Waffle Shop in West Jefferson. She was released on a $5,000 bond and scheduled to appear in court on May 22.
Chief Grogan offers his appreciation to the town and his staff for their support. “I want to thank the mayor and board of aldermen for their support, which enables me to be more proactive,” Grogan said. “And I also want to thank a great team of officers for their work.”