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After several months of investigative work and search warrants prepared and executed, involving 12 drug dealers and drug users in Stokes County, who were arrested and charged with 65 charges.


The Stokes County Sheriff’s Office extended special appreciation to the Narcotics Unit of the King Police Department, who provided assistance to the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office in the investigative undercover work of this operation, and also to the State and Local Law Enforcement Officers from Carroll County Virginia.


On June 25, the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office kicked off “Operation Firecracker,” which involved a search warrant conducted by Virginia State Police Task force and Carroll County Sheriff Office in Carroll County, Virginia.


Officers from the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office had been investigating suspects in Stokes County buying pre-cursor chemicals to make methamphetamine.


The investigation led to Carroll County, Virginia, where Virginia authorities executed a search warrant at on Childrens Lane in Cana, Virginia, where they located an active meth lab, cooking with more than 227 grams of methamphetamine. Virginia authorities arrested two suspects, Melissa Ibarra and Jessie Chance.


On June 26 and June 27, officers with the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office met for a briefing at the sheriff’s office and were divided up into arrest teams and dispersed, to apprehend specific individuals named for warrant service in this operation.


Sheriff Marshall stated, in a press release prepared by the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office: ” I cannot express how thankful we are for the assistance of all the different law enforcement agencies who helped us in Operation Firecracker. I wish to express a Special Thanks to the Narcotics Undercover Officers from King PD and the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office. These Officers work long and unusual hours helping develop the necessary information which eventually leads to making arrests in cases like this one. This continues to prove that there will be success each time law enforcement agencies work together.”


Sheriff Marshall further stated: “I wish to also thank all the Officers of the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office, who many times, work long hard hours to bring drug dealers and other criminals to justice. As I have stated many times, as long as there are drug dealers and illegal drug users, we will continue these types of operations as long as it takes.”

  • Bennie Lee Hopper, 42, of Madison Road, Madison, charged with four counts possession with intent to sell & deliver cocaine, four counts selling and delivering a schedule II substance (cocaine), three counts maintaining a drug vehicle, two counts possession of a schedule II substance (cocaine), four counts conspiracy to sell and delivery a schedule II substance (cocaine), possession with intent to sell and delivery a schedule III substance (xanax), sell and delivery of a schedule III substance (xanax), and two counts possession of drug paraphernalia. His secured bond was set at $85,000.
  • Ricky Lee Garland, 42, of Madison Road, Madison, charged with two counts possession with intent to sell and delivery a schedule II substance (cocaine), and two counts conspiracy to sell and deliver cocaine. His unsecured bond was set at $25,000.
  • Renee Hopper Long, 37, of Madison Road, Madison, charged with trafficking schedule II by possession (oxycodone), maintaining a drug dwelling, conspiracy to sell and deliver cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia. Her secured bond was set at $7,500.
  • David Allen Stephenson, 21, of Merrydale Court, King, charged with possession of a marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a drug dwelling. His unsecured bond was set at $2,500.
  • Donald Gray Johnson, 52, of Lemons Road, Walnut Cove, charged with two counts trafficking by selling a schedule III substance (Hydrocodone), two counts trafficking by delivery of a schedule III substance (Hydrocodone), maintaining a drug dwelling, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His secured bond was set at $30,000.
  • James Martin Windham, 19, of Gene Martin Road, Walnut Cove, charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a drug dwelling. His unsecured bond was set at $2,500.
  • Patrick Chase Slate, 26, of Hwy 311 N, Walnut Cove, charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. His unsecured bond was set at $2,500.
  • Mitchell Edward Manson, 27, of Moorefield Road, Danbury, charged with manufacture of a schedule VI substance (marijuana), possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and delivery a schedule VI substance (marijuana), maintaining a drug dwelling, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His secured bond was set at $15,000.
  • Steven Matthew Manson, 24, of Moorefield Road, Danbury, charged with possession of a schedule IV substance (marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a drug dwelling. His secured bond was set at $1,000.
  • Joanna Payne Duncan, 44, of Rengo Drive, King, charged with obtaining controlled substance by fraud and forgery, trafficking by possession of a schedule III substance (Hydrocodone), trafficking by transportation of a schedule III substance (Hydrocodone), and trafficking by delivery of a schedule III substance (Hydrocodone). Her unsecured bond was set at $25,000.
  • Cortez Devon Walls, 24, of Rookwood Lane, Winston-Salem, charged with possession with intent to sell and delivery a counterfeit controlled substance, sell and delivery of a counterfeit controlled substance, creating a counterfeit controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and delivery near a child care center, maintaining a drug vehicle, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His secured bond was set at $25,000.

  • Courtney Brooke Parrish, 21, of Merrydale Court, King, charged with possession of a Schedule VI substance (marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a drug dwelling. Her unsecured bond was set at $1,500.


Arrested in Cana, Virginia

  • Melissa Gwynn Ibarra, 36, of Childrens Lane; Cana, Virginia; charged with possession of schedule I or II drugs (methamphetamine), manufacture of schedule I or II drugs (methamphetamine), conspiracy, possession of precursors, and possession of more than 227 grams of methamphetamine. She had no bond set.
  • Jessie Allen Chance, 35, of Childrens Lane; Cana, Virginia; charged with possession of schedule I or II drugs (methamphetamine), manufacture of schedule I or II drugs (methamphetamine), conspiracy, possession of precursors, and possession of more than 227 grams of methamphetamine. He had no bond set.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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