14 Arrested in Cleveland County Meth Bust

CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. — On December 27, 2017 officers with Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, and the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted numerous search warrants and arrest warrants stemming from a six-month investigation of a methamphetamine drug trafficking case.

During the course of the search warrants beginning on December 27, 2017, approximately 24 pounds of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $1.97 million, a substantial amount of United States currency, and 43 firearms were seized. So far, 14 arrests have been made, and more are anticipated. Three arrested, Deidre Pearson, Tracy Arnold and Dennis Medley, are Cleveland County residents. Two Cleveland County residences were searched, resulting in the arrest of Tracy Arnold.

Sheriff Alan Norman said, “I am extremely proud that our agency has been an integral part of this very successful multi-jurisdictional narcotics enforcement operation. Methamphetamine abuse is the major propellant of criminal activity in Cleveland County. This operation has brought to bear tremendous resources from many different agencies, who all share the common goal of absolutely destroying the methamphetamine business. We have taken a tremendous step toward that end this week. Through this network, meth was spilling into our county, while bundles of Cleveland County’s cash were being shipped far away.  Many of these arrestees will likely spend decades in prison. This network is now in shambles and these dealers have no idea what happened to them. When law enforcement agencies come together to fight a common enemy, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”