Authorities Seize Nearly $300,000 Worth Of Meth Following Multi-Agency Operation In Western N.C.; Four Arrested

ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. — Four people have been arrested following an investigation into a major methamphetamine distribution operation that led investigators through several western North Carolina counties and into Georgia.

According to the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation began after narcotics detectives received information about methamphetamine in Alexander County and other western North Carolina counties.

The three-month investigation included investigators from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, United States Department of Homeland Security, Hickory Police Department, Boone Police Department, Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators determined that 44-year-old Jeremy Magnus was a major distributor of methamphetamine to Alexander County and western North Carolina.  Magnus and 33-year-old Angela Dale were taken into custody following a traffic stop in Granite Falls, North Carolina.

Authorities also arrested 42-year-old Troy Powell and 35-year-old Heather Swanson, after they left a residence in Caldwell County.

Alexander County officials say investigators seized a large quantity of United States currency, two vehicles, and a large quantity of methamphetamine worth approximately $291,300, according to North Carolina State Drug Guidelines.

Each suspect was arrested and charged with multiple counts of Felony Trafficking Methamphetamine.  They are being held at the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office under a $500,000 secured bond.

Anyone with information regarding the use and distribution of illegal controlled substances is asked to contact Alexander County Crimestoppers at (828) 632-8555.