Sheriff Phil Redmond stated the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office A.C.E. Team arrested a Statesville woman for felony drug charges. The incident was the result of a traffic stop conducted on Tuesday November 5th on Wilkesboro Hwy. Sgt. W. E. Line had received information that a tan Ford Taurus driven by a female named Gina Moore would be traveling through the area transporting a large amount of prescription pills. Sgt. Line responded to the area in an attempt to locate the suspect vehicle. At around 3:30pm, Sgt. Line observed the described vehicle with a female driver go by traveling north on Wilkesboro Hwy. Due to the specific information given, Sgt. Line stopped the Ford Taurus near Dobson Farm Road. Sgt. Line spoke to the driver, who was identified as Gina Marie Moore.
While speaking with Ms. Moore, it was discovered she did not have a valid driver’s license. Sgt. Line had Ms. Moore exit the car and come back to his patrol car. Sgt. Line questioned Ms. Moore if there were any illegal narcotics in the vehicle. After being confronted about the information, Ms. Moore became cooperative and admitted to having illegal prescription pills in the car. Sgt. Cranford arrived on scene to assist and a search of the car was conducted. A blue plastic bag containing several pills was located in a purse inside the vehicle. At total of 32 Hydrocodone pills and 11 Oxycodone pills were found in the purse. Ms. Moore did not have prescriptions for the pills.Due to amount of pills and the fact they are an Opiate, On December 4, 2013 Ms. Moore was charged with 2 counts of Trafficking Opiates by Transport and 2 counts of Trafficking Opiates by Possession as well as Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Gina Marie Moore, 53, of Bruce Farm Rd., Statesville was arrested and held under a $50,000.00 secured bond at the Iredell County Jail.
On 11/28/2013 Det Sgt Tim Edwards obtained information that Justin Darnell Gillespie 26, or Phillips Ln.
Statesville was not staying at the address listed with the State of North Carolina as a registered sex offender. He was convicted in 2008 of Indecent Liberties With a Child. As a result of the conviction Gillespie was required to register with the State of North Carolina as a sex offender. He was registered at the Phillips Ln address.
The investigation indicated that Gillespie was not living there. Det Edwards secured a warrant for Gillespie. He was arrested by Statesville Authorities.
Gillespie was arrested and taken before a magistrate. Magistrate Imes where he was placed under a $10,000.00 unsecure bond and was released pending a hearing in district court in Statesville. Gillespie had failed to notify the Iredell County Sheriff's Office of his change of address with in 3 business days after moving out of the Phillips Ln. address.
Sheriff Phil Redmond stated: On August 25, 2012 the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report of Larceny and Fraud. Detective Getz of the Economic Crime Unit was assigned the case.
According to the incident report the victim had received a phone call from his credit card company about some unusual transactions involving his credit card. The victim advised that he does not carry the credit card in question with him and leaves the card at his residence. When the victim checked the location where the credit card was kept, he noticed that it was missing. Upon further inspection of the residence the victim also noticed $200.00 in cash and $15,000.00 worth of jewelry missing from the residence.
During the course of the investigation Detectives were able to find the locations where the stolen credit card was used throughout Iredell, Wilkes, and Surry Counties and then were able to obtain video and supporting documentation where the suspect had used the credit card. Also during the investigation Detectives discovered the suspect had pawned some of the victim’s jewelry at a pawn shop in Surry County.
Detectives made contact with authorities in Wilkes and Surry Counties to forward the information pertaining to the financial card fraud and pawning of the stolen property within their jurisdiction and to assist with the investigation.
Based on the information and video surveillance received from the businesses where the credit card was used Sergeant Getz was able to identify the suspect, as Carol Taylor, 48, of West Virginia. Detectives then obtained three warrants for Carol Taylor, for one count Larceny, one count of Financial Card Theft, and one count of Financial Card Fraud. The suspect was arrested by the Authorities in West Virginia and at this time Mrs. Taylor has been extradited back to Iredell County to face her charges.
Carol Taylor was arrested on December 2, 2013 and processed at the Iredell County Detention Center. Mrs. Taylor was placed under a $75,000.00 secured bond in the Iredell County Detention Center.
Mrs. Taylor also has pending charges in Wilkes and Surry Counties for seven counts of Obtaining Property by False Pretense and one count of Attempt to Obtain Property by False Pretense.
Sheriff Phil Redmond stated on the night of Thursday November 14th, Deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office seized nearly 5 ounces of marijuana and $3,340.00 cash from a residence at 3208 Charlotte Hwy. in Mooresville. The drug and money seizure was the result of an investigation that Deputies conducted after receiving information from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police after an individual was arrested in Charlotte for possessing nearly 1 ½ pounds of marijuana. C.M.P.D. Officers learned from their investigation the marijuana was obtained from an individual in Iredell County. Iredell County Deputies were quickly contacted by C.M.P.D. and given the name and address of the suspected individual in Iredell County who was suspected of selling the marijuana.
Lt. T. Miller and Sgt. Line of the A.C.E. Team along with Deputies J. Younts and J. Fletcher immediately acted upon the information and responded to the address at 3208 Charlotte Hwy. Deputies made contact with the suspect, Douglas Lee Sherrard. Mr. Sherrard was cooperative with Deputies and admitted to having more marijuana in the residence. Deputies conducted a search of Mr. Sherrard’s house and located a total of 147 grams of marijuana. Also in close proximity with the marijuana was $3,340.00 in cash along with items suggesting marijuana was being sold from that location. The marijuana, cash and paraphernalia were seized as evidence.
Douglas Lee Sherrard, 30, of 3208 Charlotte Hwy., Mooresville was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was charged with Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana, Felony Possession of Marijuana, Maintaining a Dwelling for Sell of Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Mr. Sherrard placed under a $2,000.00 secured bond and has a court date pending.
Deputy Matt Burleyson, the School Resource Officer at Lakeshore Middle School, received a donated Thanksgiving meal from a person who wished to remain anonymous. Mr. Mike Genson, the Guidance Counselor at Lakeshore Middle School, was able to get all of this and more you can’t see into the hands of a family in need this holiday. We are lucky to have caring people who want to make a difference in our school community.
Fundraiser for Jeff Royall
Deputy Jeff Royall was diagnosed with stage four liver and colon cancer on June 3. A big challenge now is finding money to pay for treatments. The money donated is going toward Royall’s medical bills since his medical leave has run out from his employer, which is the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 5-8pm
Cash donations will also be accepted.
December 1, 2013 Lt. Neil Hayes with the Iredell County Sheriff’s office certified area teens in hunter safety.
Lt. Hayes and other officers with the Sheriff’s Office received their hunter safety instructors certificate last year. Now they are conducting classes throughout the county certifying area youth in hunter safety.This is another service the Sheriff’s Office provides to area youth at no cost. We are trying to make sure our youth have the knowledge and skills to be safe while hunting.
On 11-29-13 Sgt. C.L. Stone of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team conducted a traffic stop on a 2005 Ford Explorer on N. Tradd St. after observing the vehicle fail to stop at a stop light. While speaking with the driver, Eliot N. Pickens, 46, of Charlotte,Sgt. Stone observed an opened beer in the center concole area. Sgt. Stone then had Pickens to exit his vehicle where an alco-sensor was then used to collect a breath sample. The first breath sample collected indicated Pickens B.A.C. was .13. Sgt. J.V. Dyson assisted with the search of the vehicle where two more opened containers of alcohol were located.
Pickens was placed under arrest for D.W.I. and was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where another breath sample was collected. This sample displayed a B.A.C. of .08.
Pickens was then taken before a magistrate and was charged with D.W.I., No Operatros License. consume beer while driving, and failing to stop at a stop light. He was placed under a $500.00 secured bond.(no photos)
About the Sheriff
Sheriff Redmond is aggressive in his approach to fighting crime and the war on drugs. He has established new programs that have increased the Office's ability to respond and investigate crime. "As a father of four children, I have a strong personal conviction to work energetically to attack our country's drug problem", said Sheriff Redmond. "Our children are our most precious resource."
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is committed to providing professional law enforcement services to the citizens and visitors in Iredell County.
Sheriff Phil Redmond became Iredell County’s Sheriff in 1994 and has 36 years law enforcement experience.
First and foremost, Sheriff Redmond’s number one priority is to keep the citizens of Iredell County safe.
Sheriff Redmond is leading his office in a rapidly growing County, divided by two major Interstate Highways, I-77 and I-40. Those major highways bring people through our county daily. Some of those people transport large quantities of illegal drugs, stolen property or other contraband. The Sheriff’s “Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team” has been a powerhouse in curtailing those illegal activities, seizing large sums of money and large quantities of illegal drugs. With those seizures, Drug Interdiction Funds have been made available to further expand the work being done by Sheriff Redmond and the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Redmond is onboard with E.P.I.C. (El Paso Intelligence Center) which tracks drug traffickers from the borders of Mexico into the United States. Out of a 15-member board of directors, our office holds one of those positions.
Sheriff Redmond implemented the A.C.E. (Aggressive Criminal Enforcement) unit to focus on street level drug dealers and other problem areas in the county. Drug Interdiction Funding has brought about even more sophisticated technology and equipment to be used in the fight against crime throughout our county. Since Sheriff Redmond has been in office, his officers has taken more than $170 million in drugs and more than $7 million in cash from the drug dealers in, or coming through Iredell County.
As Sheriff Redmond is looking forward to the future of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office he will continue to pursue the drug runners, dealers and users in and through Iredell County.
During Sheriff Redmond’s 16 years as Sheriff in Iredell County, many strides have been taken and many hurdles jumped to bring the Sheriff’s Office into the 21st century.
Some of the accomplishments Redmond has made as Sheriff include adding MDT (mobile data terminals), in car cameras, 800mhz radios with statewide coverage, additional (K-9 units) to the force to make it easier for officers to communicate, document and apprehend criminals for successful prosecution in our courts. Redmond has worked with County Commissioners to install a new Sheriff’s sub-station in the Iredell County Government Center South, located in Mooresville. This sub-station allows citizens of the southern end of the County to conduct business with the Sheriff’s Office, such as reporting crimes, gun permits, fingerprints for employment etc.
Many more accomplishments and plans are being made for the upcoming years.
As Iredell County continues to experience rapid growth, the Sheriff has continued to meet that growth with his vision and planning for his first-class Sheriff’s Office and specially trained employees, and continues to be on top in his field.
Sheriff Redmond has provided thousands of hours training each year for his deputies at a level never before available to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, and has provided technology similar to that seen in television programming, such as “C.S.I. (Crime Scene Investigation)”. Such training is a must in today’s law enforcement world. Redmond is continually seeking grant funding to house a central criminal evidence processing center where fingerprints, blood, DNA, drugs and other evidence can be processed in our county. Now the SBI lab is backlogged more than a year-and-a- half on processing evidence submitted.
Through the efforts of Sheriff Redmond, our website has been made available to the public. www.iredellsheriff.com. is the site where all types of information and links to access law updates and specifics to the laws of North Carolina are made available to the public. This site provides various topics of information on the work of the Sheriff’s Office and is available 24 hours a day.
A recap of accomplishments through Sheriff Redmond’s tenure, we should start with the stand he took against a Judge in our district that had attempted to take the word “God” out of the courtroom. Sheriff Redmond took a stand when most political figures would not. He took a stand on the beliefs in which our forefathers stood when writing the constitution for our Country.
During the last 16 years Sheriff Redmond’s office was recognized for presenting the most federal drug charges in our 31-county district, by the US attorney’s office.
He was the 2nd in the state to implement the Sex Offender Watch Program where citizens of Iredell County can go on-line and check for registered sex offenders within one mile of their residence; this service is available 24 hours a day. He also has two full-time detectives that check the status of sex offenders in the county by personally checking their current residence and keeping track of where and when they move. Sheriff Redmond has worked with NC House members and the General Assembly on making Sex Offender laws to where sex offenders that move into our State from other areas are required to register as a sex offender in our State.
During the past 8 years Sheriff Redmond sought grant monies to fund the C.O.P.s (Community Oriented Police) unit in the Brawley School, Langtree Rd areas as well as Perth Rd, Hwy 21 South sections of Iredell County where growth is overwhelming. These units are designed to provide quality service, quicker response and community-oriented deputies to their areas of the county. Due to the rapid growth in both population and traffic, Sheriff Redmond and the citizens in those areas are working together in an effort to accomplish a common goal of community safety and awareness.
In the C.O.P.s area 9 officers are assigned to bike, motorcycle and road patrol and Lake Enforcement to assure all areas are served.
Sheriff Redmond has expanded his emphasis on proactive crime prevention by expanding the G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) program into the 6th grade in an effort to reduce gangs in Iredell County. He has also implemented programs where the S.R.O.s (School Resource Officers) are in all the High Schools, Middle schools and the Monticello Alternative School in the county. Now those schools have more resources for being in the classrooms talking to students about safety, traffic laws and general safety issues without taking away from their core curriculum. He also has K-9 officers to make random checks through the schools to curtail weapons and drugs on campus.
Sheriff Redmond has worked with the State and has been able to lease the 21 North Prison Camp for $1 per year, to alleviate the overcrowding at our current site, saving the taxpayers money on new construction.
Sheriff Redmond has implemented a disaster mobilization plan for the Sheriff’s Office, where in the event of a major disaster in the county, Deputies know where they are to report and be stationed. With our mobile command post we can maintain 911 service, as well as communication with the field officer and other agencies while maintaining quality service to the community. With other disasters such as tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters, Sheriff Redmond has implemented a disaster relief unit comprised of both sworn and non-sworn staff that is ready to respond with debris removal, generators and other implements to open the roads quicker and assist in recovery efforts. He has used drug seizure monies to build an airplane hangar for the Civil Air Patrol where we would have immediate access to air support for recovery efforts in the event of a disaster or emergency. All the equipment was paid for by drug-seized monies.
Sheriff Redmond has successfully implemented a special victims unit to aid in the investigation and provides needed assistance for the victim and prosecution of the offender.
Nationally 50.3% of violent crimes and 20.2% of property crimes are cleared by arrest.
Sheriff Redmond’s statistics far exceed the national average. In 2004 the Sheriff’s Office cleared 82% of the violent crimes and 35% of the property crimes, which well exceeds the national average and is competitive with surrounding agencies in the clearance of violent crimes but far exceeds their numbers in property crime clearance rates.
2009 alone I have expanded the Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) unit in order to have deputies locating drug dealers and users traveling along our Interstates and Highways. I have also added 2 deputies through grant funding in an effort to work with the communities in the southern end of the county to reduce traffic issues and make our roads safer.
Sheriff Redmond used $513,000.00 of asset forfeiture monies to purchase 15 new vehicles for our Office to replace those that have excessive mileage on them. I will also use forfeiture monies to enhance our Crime Lab to process evidence quicker and put the suspects in jail in a timely manner.
Sheriff Redmond over the last year worked with other law enforcement agencies such as Statesville Police combining forces to enhance the counties fight against domestic violence, gangs and drug interdiction and make Iredell county a safer place to live. We also have mutual aid agreements with other counties in the state to follow up on Drug trafficking and other major crimes.
In 2010 Sheriff Redmond plan’s to expand the Community Policing program where a deputy will be trained and placed in each section, possibly areas where they live, to work with communities in their area in reducing crime and working on strategies to make our county safe. We currently have this program Troutman South and it has been a success.
Sheriff Redmond is now the longest consecutive term Sheriff in the History of Iredell County.
Sheriff Redmond is working to make Iredell County the safest place in which to live, work and raise a family or operate a business.County Seat: Statesville Population: 155,000+ Square Miles: 598
We are committed to making our County a safe place to live, raise a family, to be employed, 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.
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office exists to serve all people within our jurisdiction with respect, fairness and compassion. To fulfill our mission, the Iredell County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to providing a quality work environment and the development of its members through effective training, leadership and career development.
OUR PRINCIPLES are:
Phillip H. Redmond, Sheriff
Rick Dowdle, Chief Deputy, Community Policing, Lake Enforcement
Captain Clarence Harris, Narcotics/ I.C.E. / A.C.E.
Major Marty Byers, Patrol Division / Criminal Warrant Service Unit, K-9, School Resource, Civil Process, Admin
Captain Mike Phillips, Crime Scene Tech
Captain Bert Connolly, Detention / Court Bailiff’s
Major Darren Campbell, Criminal Investigations, A.C.E, I.C.E., Special Victims Unit, C.O.P.’s, Narcotics, S.E.R.T. Media relations
Captain Randy Pearson, Enforcement Training / Personnel, Special projects coordinator
Captain Julie Gibson, Domestic Violence, Juvenile crimes, Special Victims UnitCaptain Rick Eades, Detention Training & Personnel, Crime Prevention
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