249 Grams Of Methamphetamine Seized Following High Speed Chase In Alexander County

HIDDENITE, N.C. — Two women are facing federal drug trafficking charges after deputies say the women led authorities on a high speed chase while having 249 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle, according to a news release.

Deputies say a three month joint investigation between the Department of Homeland Security’s Narcotics Division, Taylorsville Police Department and the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office led to a high-speed chase that originated on Damascus Church Road in the Hiddenite Community of Alexander County and ended on Highway 115 in Iredell County near Phil Redmon’s store.

Deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office say they used stop sticks in an attempt to stop the vehicle.  The vehicle reportedly continued traveling at a slower rate of speed after the suspect drove over the stop sticks.  Deputies were able to stop the vehicle and 249 grams of methamphetamine were sized from the scene, according to a news release.

Payton Schwantes, 24, of Stony Point, and Chrystal Stikeleather, 38, of Taylorsville, were both taken into custody.  Schwantes faces the following charges: two counts of felony trafficking methamphetamine and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.  Schwantes is being held int eh Alexander County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond.

Stikeleahter faces the following charges: two counts of felony trafficking methamphetamine, one count of felony maintain vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substance, one count of felony flee/elude arrest with motor vehicle, one count of misdemeanor injury to personal property, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.  Stikeleather is being held in the Alexander County Detention Center under a $60,000 secured bond.  Deputies say Stikeleather was on active Federal Probation.

Investigators say federal charges for the narcotics that were seized as a result of the vehicle chase are pending.