Special to Iredell Free News

Twenty-four suspects face felony drug charges as a result of ongoing undercover drug operations throughout Iredell County.

“We are working seven days a week to target and arrest drug dealers and repeat offenders here in Iredell County, as well as those who would attempt to profit by bringing illegal drugs into Iredell County while committing other crimes,” Sheriff Darren Campbell said.

“We have built trust with those who wish to see these criminals locked up, and we are listening to these people. These suspects sold to undercover detectives or arranged for sales to undercover detectives,” he added.

The arrests, made between December and March, are the result of hundreds of hours of surveillance and detailed undercover operations, the sheriff explained.

“The message is we are continuing to make Iredell County and our communities an unprofitable place to operate and sell illegal drugs by increasing the risk of being arrested,” Campbell said.

The following suspects face charges:

David Paul Merritt, 41, of Shelton Avenue, Statesville
Charges: Three Counts of Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance; Three Counts of Felony Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance
Bond: $75,000


James Wiley Nathanie Stokes, 35, of Winchester Road, Troutman
Charges: Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Counterfeit Controlled Substance; Served with outstanding arrest warrants for Assault on a Female, Breaking and Entering With Intent to Terrorize
Bond: $50,000
Note: Currently on probation for felony sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance


Maleia Nicole Flouton, 26, of Diamond Street, Statesville
Charges: Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance; Felony Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance
Bond: $45,000


Lisa Anne Flowers, 45, of 2390 Old Wilkesboro Road, Statesville
Charges: Two Counts of Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance; Two Counts of Felony Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance; Felony Maintain a Dwelling for the Sale or Use of a Controlled Substance
Bond: $30,000


Da-Shawn Nathaniel Clark, 32, of Knox Avenue, Statesville
Charges: Three Counts of Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance; Three Counts of Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance
Bond: $30,000


Spring Marie Fassett, 30, of Trailways Drive, Statesville
Charges: Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance; Felony Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance; Felony Conspire to Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance
Bond: $15,000


Robert George Blankschen III, 38, of Rock Springs Road, Harmony
Charges: Two Counts of Felony Possession with Intent to Sell of Deliver a Schedule III Controlled Substance
Bond: $10,000


Nikole Alexandra Neal, 31, of Overcash Road, Troutman
Charges: Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance; Felony Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance; Felony Conspire to Sell a Schedule II Controlled Substance
Bond: $10,000


Tilden Trymaine Miller, 32, of Longdale Drive, Statesville
Charges: Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance
Bond: $2,500
Note: Miller is currently on probation for felony possession of a controlled substance. He is a verified gang member, according to the N.C. Department of Corrections.


Jennifer Ellis Phillips, 53, of Highway 90 East, Hiddenite
Charges: Three Counts of Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance; Three Counts of Felony Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance
Bond: $25,000


Todd Lynn Bumgarner, 34, of Troutman Farm Road, Troutman
Charges: Two Counts of Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance; Two Counts of Felony Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance
Bond: $20,000


Amanda Louise Collins, 35, of Albany Drive, Newton
Charges: Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance; Felony Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance
Bond: $10,000


Lee-Jamil Ke’Ruan Miller, 36, of Seven Oaks Lane Statesville
Charges: Two Counts of Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance; Felony Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance
Bond: $15,000


Chastity Marie Hicks, 42, of 2nd Street Southwest, Hickory
Charges: Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule I Controlled Substance; Felony Sell or Deliver a Schedule I Controlled Substance
Bond: $5,000


Donald Dewitt Crabb, 30, of Chickadee Road, North Wilkesboro
Charges: Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance; Felony Sell or Deliver a Schedule I Controlled Substance
Bond: $25,000 


Samantha Nicole Keller, 31, of Midway Road, Statesville
Charge: Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance
Bond: $2,500


Nia J’Mari Testman, 23, of Davie Avenue, Statesville
Charges: Felony Trafficking a Schedule II Controlled Substance by Sale; Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance; Felony Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance
Bond: $150,000


Roger Gary Parker, 72, of 188 Barium Lane, Statesville
Charge: Felony Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance
Bond: $10,000


Michele Ann Tippins, 52, of Deaton Street, Statesville
Charges: Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance; Felony Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance
Bond: $20,000


Brandon Lamar Adams, 36, of Park Drive, Statesville
Charges: Two Counts of Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance; Felony Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance
Bond: $100,000


Ginger Delores Miller, 56, of Leisure Lane, Huntersville
Charges: Three Counts of Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule I Controlled Substance: Three Counts of Felony Sell or Deliver a Schedule I Controlled Substance; Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule III Controlled Substance; Felony Sell or Deliver a Schedule III Controlled Substance
Bond: $10,000


Willie James Johnson, 53, of Douglas Street, Statesville
Charges: Three Felony Counts of Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance; Three Felony Counts of Felony Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance
Bond: $20,000


Garfield Kenny Wilson Jr., 31. of South Center Street, Hickory
Charges: Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance; Felony Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance
Bond: $7,500


Jonathan Keith Robinson, 33, of Byrd Ridge Road North Wilkesboro
Charges: Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance; Felony Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance
Bond: $10,000

3 thoughts on “Sheriff: Ongoing undercover drug operations yield 24 arrests

  1. My only problem with the system arresting these people is jail for addicted people is not the answer. They need rehabilitation and counseling. The problem with that is the county makes no money that way. Each inamte in NC you the taxpayer get charged $25k a year for. Stop the revolving door and actually help the people of your county get sober and clean. Actually open facilities to help people!! Rehabs have long waiting list and most people have no insurance. Offer two years intense rehab instead of a jail cell! And if you think drugs are not inside our prisons and jails your sadly mistaken. It runs in their just as much as it does on the streets where you live. It’s time for a change for the better with the criminal justice system. Stop the revolving door!

  2. Joe Taxpayer says:

    No … jail is the only rehab guarantee PERIOD!!! (40+years LEO) They don’t want treatment, and you cannot force it on them. If they opt for treatment vs. jail, it is superficial, and won’t last. They just don’t want to be in jail (now)! They will go right back to what they know & who they know. No active drug testing in rehab either, and no consequences!

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