Pictured above: (L-R, T-B) Breanna Frances Oliver, Jerry Lee Lippard III, Bonnie Christine Jackson, Stephanie Anderson Williams, William Austin Blankenship, Ian Kelly Shuemaker, Vincent Cornelius Jones – Picture courtesy of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Darren Campbell stated: A long term undercover Crystal Methamphetamine Trafficking Investigation conducted by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office was concluded on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 with the arrests of five suspects while two additional suspect are still being sought for arrest.
This investigation began in September of 2018, when information was received about Bonnie Christine Jackson selling methamphetamine. After conducting surveillance of this suspect to verify the information, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Undercover Narcotics Investigators were able to purchase methamphetamine directly from Jackson.
Additional information was received by narcotics investigators about William Austin Blankenship selling methamphetamine. Again undercover investigators were able to substantiate the information, and were able to purchase methamphetamine from him.
Throughout 2019, narcotics investigators received information from various sources and conducted undercover operations around Iredell County on: Bonnie Jackson, Stephanie Williams, William Blankenship, Ian Shuemaker, and Vincent Cornelius Jones. On June 8, 2019 Breanna Oliver and Jerry Lippard were found to be in possession of approximately 70 grams of crystal methamphetamine by members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.
Information obtained from these individual investigations was compiled, once narcotics investigators began to see similar names, and other information in intelligence, and surveillance reports.
Once all of the evidence was viewed for the drug purchases, most of which were hand to hand purchases made by undercover investigators, and additional evidence was analyzed, and documented, narcotics investigators were able to apply for and receive Felony Arrest Warrants for the seven individuals in this conspiracy investigation. Five individuals had warrants served on them Wednesday, August 21, 2019.
Ian Kelly Shuemaker, and Vincent Cornelius Jones are entered as Wanted Persons by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office on their charges. If anyone knows where these two suspects can be located, please call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3100 or call 911.
Sheriff Campbell added, “This investigation into the, distribution, and sales of crystal methamphetamine in Iredell County will have a direct impact on the sales and use of methamphetamine in our county. These individuals are responsible for selling a large amount of methamphetamine in our communities. During the course of this investigation, we purchased a large amount of methamphetamine from this group. People like these suspects do not care about what harm they cause, or what damage they do by selling these types of drugs. They don’t care about the misery, and pain they cause, all they care about is the money they make off of others suffering. As you can see many of them have considerable criminal histories. As I have said many times before, if you are a repeat or career criminal, especially one who sells drugs here in Iredell County, we have and will continue to actively target, and go after you”.
Magistrate M. Nethken issued all of the Iredell County bonds on these charges.
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