Date/Time of Offense: February and March 2015.
Location of Incident: Intersection of Williamson and Brawley School Roads, in Mooresville.
Suspect(s): Griffin C. Murray 18 years old.
Sheriff Darren Campbell stated:
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigations Unit received information about an unknown white male selling prescription drugs and high grade marijuana in the Brawley School Road area of Mooresville. A surveillance operation was set in motion in the area which took weeks to identify the suspect, Griffin C. Murray as the suspect.
Undercover operations were conducted and numerous buys of Hydrocodone, Xanax and Hydroponic Marijuana were made from the suspect.
On Tuesday March 24, 2015 a buy was scheduled to be made from the suspect. When the suspect arrived at the buy location, the suspect arrived and had another male with him. During the buy, the unknown male delivered the prescription pills to an undercover officer. A take down was initiated and both suspects were taken into custody.
The unknown male was discovered to be a missing juvenile out of Catawba County.
Griffin Murray was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center and was charged with 20 various Felony and Misdemeanor charges. Murray was placed under 150,000.00 dollars secured bond.Charges are pending against the minor involved in this incident.
Date/Time of Offense: March 19, 2015 15:15
Offense(s)/Charge(s): Suspect 1:
Location of Incident: West Iredell High School, 213 Warrior Drive, Statesville
Sheriff Darren Campbell stated that on the afternoon of March 19, 2015 while monitoring the school bus parking lot of West Iredell High School, Sergeant Dallas Hicks who serves as the School Resource Officer at West Iredell High saw two male students push, harass, and bully another student.
Sergeant Hicks was aware that there were issues with these students earlier in the school day and intervened immediately. Hicks was attempting to keep the two students who were being the aggressors away from the student they were trying to assault. Sergeant Hicks told the suspects several times to stop and get away from this student. Tyke'ydris Norris was being very aggressive and began to assault Hicks by punching him in the face causing injuries.
At this point, Hicks deployed his Taser and was able to subdue Norris and place him under arrest. Fortunately, Hicks was able to get Norris detained before anyone else was assaulted or injured.
Sergeant Hicks's attention then turned to a Juvenile, the second suspect while several school personnel were attempting to restrain. With the help of those school personnel, Hicks was able to gain control of this Juvenile and restrain him. One school employee was intentionally "head butted" by this Juvenile.
Once the situation was under control, Tyke'ydris Norris was transported to the Iredell County Magistrate's Office where he was charged with Felony Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Misdemeanor Simple Assault and Misdemeanor Damage to Property. He was released on a $2500.00 unsecured bond by Magistrate Steve Nicholson.
The Juvenile involved was transported to the office of the Department of Juvenile Services where they were charged according to Juvenile Law for Assault on a Government Employee (School Personnel).
Date/Time of Offense: March 18, 2015.
Offense(s)/Charge(s): Manufacture Methamphetamine.
Location of Incident: 406 Turnersburg Highway, Statesville, NC
Sheriff Darren Campbell stated:
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a local business at 12:46 pm on Tuesday March 17, 2015. The call was in reference to suspicious activity and the purchase of chemicals which could be used in the production of methamphetamine.
Patrol Deputy Brad Stroud arrived to the call and was able to locate the suspects. After talking with the suspects and asking for permission to search their vehicle, Deputy Stroud located items, he believed based on his training, were used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Detectives with the Narcotics Investigations Unit responded to the scene. A search of the vehicle was conducted and suspects interviewed. There were strong indications there was methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the car. Based on this evidence, Ebenezer Volunteer Fire Department and Iredell County EMS were called to stand by while the car and the suspects were decontaminated.
Iredell County Narcotics Detectives who are specially trained and certified to handle clandestine labs along with North Carolina SBI Agents processed the vehicle. The investigation and clean up of the vehicle recovered 190 milliliters of methamphetamine and liquid precursor. The estimated street value of 190 milliliters of methamphetamine is 47, 500.00 dollars.
The suspects, Albert Lee Donelson and Natasha Kay Fox both of Pennsylvania were charged with Manufacturing of Methamphetamine; Level 2 Trafficking of Methamphetamine by Possession; and Level 2 Trafficking of Methamphetamine by Transport.
Both suspects were placed in the Iredell County Detention Center, after being decontaminated; under $ 325,000.00 dollars secured bond each.
Authorities in Bedford Pennsylvania, contacted the Iredell County Narcotics Investigations Unit on Wednesday March 18, 2015 and advised Natasha Kay Fox is wanted in Pennsylvania for Manufacturing Methamphetamine and indicated Albert Lee Donaldson may be with her and he is wanted also for the same charge. Bedford is sending extradition paperwork to the Iredell County Detention Center for further processing.
Date/Time of Offense: Monday, March 9, 2015 0155 hours
Offense(s)/Charge(s): Felony Breaking and Entering and Felony Larceny after Breaking and Entering
Location of Incident: Mallard Head Country Club 185 Mallard Way Mooresville, NC 28117
Suspect(s): Elliott Kyle Smith; 46 years old of Shearers Rd. Mooresville, NC
Sheriff Darren Campbell stated that deputies responded to a business burglary alarm at the Mallard Head Country Club located at 185 Mallard Way Mooresville, NC on the morning of March 9, 2015. It was found that a window had been pried open and the suspect had crawled through gaining access to the business. During the breaking and entering suspect took cash and two cans of beer.
In April of 2014, Elliott Kyle Smith, was arrested and convicted of breaking into the Mallard Head Country Club in the same manner as this breaking and entering. Through further investigation, it was found that Smith was on post release supervision here in Iredell County. Smith’s Probation/Parole Officer was contacted and the Sheriff’s Office was informed that Smith was on GPS monitoring. Iredell County Probation/Parole was then able to confirm that Smith was at the Mallard Head Country Club at the time of the breaking and entering.
Warrants were then secured on Smith for Felony Breaking and Entering and Felony Larceny after Breaking and Entering. He was arrested on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 1914 hours at his residence. Smith was given a $7,500.00 secured bond by Magistrate Gaskins.
Smith has been convicted of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor Common Law Forgery, Breaking and Entering Coin/Currency Machine, and multiple counts of Felony Breaking and Entering. Smith was currently on post release supervision after being paroled on December 22, 2014 from his conviction of felony breaking and entering on July 3, 2014.
Sheriff Campbell said this is just another example of the frustration we encounter. Law enforcement officers and in this case a business owner are both troubled by the repeat offenders who continue to target our communities. This man is a perfect example of that frustration.
Date/Time of Offense: March 12, 2015
Offense(s)/Charge(s): Manufacture Schedule VI Marijuana, Possession with intent to sell or deliver Marijuana (3 Counts), Sell and Deliver Marijuana, Possession with intent to sell or deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance, Maintain a Vehicle, Dwelling for Selling Controlled Substance, Possession of Non Tax Paid Liquor, Simple Possession of Schedule VI and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia .
Location of Incident: of Sundown Road Mooresville, NC.
Suspect(s): Zachary J. Jentz W/M 20 years old.
Sheriff Darren Campbell stated:
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigation Unit received numerous neighborhood complaints about suspected narcotics related traffic at 286 Sundown Road, Mooresville in the month of December.
An undercover operation of surveillance was initiated in the area. During the investigation, information was gathered showing the suspect; Zachary Jentz was selling marijuana and other controlled substances in the Mooresville and Lake Norman Area.
Undercover purchases were made from the suspect as detectives built their case. A Search Warrant was executed at the suspect’s residence on Thursday March, 12. Detectives located a large amount of Butane Hash Oil (BHO) otherwise known as Dabbing, Honey Oil or Wax worth $5250.00, Hydroponic Marijuana worth $798.00, numerous pills, a bottle of Codeine, two gallons or non-tax-paid liquor (Moonshine), numerous pipes used to smoke the BHO and Marijuana as well as over 4500.00 dollars in cash were seized.
Zachary Jentz was taken into custody and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was placed under 50,000.00 dollars secured bond. This investigation in ongoing and may result in further charges and investigations.
About the Sheriff
I have more than two decades of full-time continuous service with the Sheriff’s Office in various areas. I have never wavered in this commitment to the citizens of Iredell County. I have built my career from the bottom up, always increasing my role of responsibilities to prepare me for my role as Sheriff. As Sheriff, I will have a proactive Sheriff’s Office and not a reactive one.
As your Sheriff I will display integrity in the workplace through leading by example.
County Seat: Statesville Population: 160,000+ Square Miles: 598
We are committed to making our County a safe place to live, raise a family, and grow a business, to worship and to enjoy recreation.
OUR MISSION is to provide law enforcement services to the citizens of Iredell County, serving our community through crime prevention, drug enforcement, aggressive patrols and education.
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Julie Gibson, Captain, Special Victims Unit
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