Date of Incident: November & December 2014.
Address of Incident: 778 Bethesda Road & 132 Community Lane Statesville.
Sheriff Darren Campbell stated: A month long investigation into the sell and delivery of cocaine from 778 Bethesda Road was concluded with the arrest of Chestean Junior Riddick on Friday December 12, 2014.
The original complaint was received from a tip to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office by a community member. The complaint about drug activity was assigned to the Narcotics Unit for follow up. During the undercover operation, it was discovered by the narcotics unit, Chestean Junior Riddick was on the SIGI (Statesville Iredell Gang Initiative) list. This collaborative effort by law enforcement agencies working with the District Attorney’s office is to remove the “worst of the worst” criminals from Iredell County so they can no longer prey on the citizens of Iredell County.
Riddick was on the list due to his criminal history which includes charges of: Possession of cocaine, Possession of marijuana, Sale of Cocaine, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Assault with a deadly weapon on a governmental official, Felony Probation Violation, Misdemeanor Probation Violations.
A series of undercover purchases of cocaine were made from Chestean Junior Riddick from two homes in Eastern Iredell County. On Friday December 12, 2014 two simultaneous search warrants of residences were executed by members of the Sheriff’s Office SERT Team. The suspect was taken into custody at his work place by members of the Narcotics Unit.
The suspect was placed under a total of 90,000 dollars secured bond for the seven charges. Sheriff Darren Campbell would like to thank the citizens of Iredell County for their continued efforts to keep the Sheriff’s Office informed of suspected drug activity and problem areas in their community. Sheriff Campbell states, “This is an example of what is possible when we work together as a team to keep our county safe”.
Sheriff Darren E. Campbell stated that on November 28th 2014, Deputy K. Boxman responded to suspicious activity at a residence on Big Forest Drive. The resident stated that someone had been beating loudly on his windows during the night and he believed it may have been Anita Tilley Austin, a woman he has a domestic violence protection order against. As a result of their investigation, deputies arrested Anita Tilley Austin 64 years old, 165 Tilley Ln. Troutman N.C.) for Violation of a Domestic Violence Protection Order.
This matter was forwarded to the Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit for further investigation. Sgt. Katie Harwell obtained additional charges for Felony Stalking against Austin on 12/15/2014. Austin violated the domestic violence order on multiple occasions and stalked the victim during the period from 10/15/2014 until 11/28/2014.Austin is currently being held in the Iredell County Detention Center under $100,000.00 bond for the Felony Stalking charge and $90,000.00 for multiple Violation of Domestic Violence Protection Order charges.
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, 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.
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Darren E. Campbell, Sheriff
Steve Ellis, Chief Deputy
Marty Byers, Chief Deputy
Andy Poteat, Major, Investigations
Todd Carver, Major, Enforcement
Bert Connolly, Major, Detention
Bill Hamby, Captain, Vice/Narcotics
Julie Gibson, Captain, Special Victims Unit
Randy Pearson, Captain, Training/Personnel
Rick Eades, Captain, Training/Personnel
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