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Originally published: 2012-05-16 15:42:16
Last modified: 2012-05-16 15:45:43

Arrest Report 5.17.12

The following information is provided courtesy of Avery County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Robert Lee Mathes, 66, arrested May 7 for trafficking in opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver schedule III controlled substance.

George W. Campbell IV, 30, arrested May 8 for two counts of fourth degree non-support of child.

Timothy Lee Blackwell, 42, arrested May 10 for assault by pointing a gun, harassing phone call, possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kisha Nichole Cook, 26, arrested May 10 for possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

Frederick Mathew Grindstaff, 29, arrested May 10 for driving while license revoked, no insurance, no registration card.

Martinez Emmanuel Contreras, 24, arrested May 11 for driving while license revoked.

Christina N. Pudney, 24, arrested May 11 for aggravated possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, four counts of probation violation.

Rachel Michelle Owens, 25, arrested May 12 for resisting a public officer, probation violation.

Kent Logan Stevens, 17, arrested May 12 for driving after consuming alcohol under age 21.

Taylor Michael Fee, 20, arrested May 13 for second-degree trespass, consumption of alcohol at age 20.

David Allen Tillson, 27, arrested May 13 for second-degree trespass.


Drug Task Force intercepts drugs sent via USPS
Officers with Municipal Drug Task Force and Avery County Sheriff's Office recentlyintercepted 100 Hydrocodone pills that had been mailed from California. The Drug Task Force received information more than one month ago from Watauga County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division. A confidential informant provided information that illegal drugs were being shipped in from California to Plumtree. Officer Shane Vance with Municipal Drug Task Force began an investigation. Vance contacted the postal service and confirmed that packages were being sent to Robert Mathes at least once a week. Vance coordinated with the postal service and intercepted a package that contained 100 Vicodin tablets. Officers with Avery County Sheriff’s Office went to Mathes' residence, where the money had been electronically sent to California. Packages and bottles in which pills had been sent in the mail in the past were found. Mathes admitted to selling the pills to various people in Avery County. More than 1000 pills have been sent to Mathes from California via USPS Mathes was charged with trafficking opium and possession with intent to sell Hydrocodone. Bond was set for Mathes at $175,000. Mathes could also face federal charges. Packages sent via USPS are easily tracked, and records are maintained.