Alleged drug dealers arrested by Surry County Sheriff’s Office in two separate busts


Two Sheriffs’s Office busts lead to charges

By Terri Flagg - tflagg@civitasmedia.com



McCormack


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Taylor


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Swartz


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Speas


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Two Mount Airy residents were arrested on Oct. 21 for allegedly selling drugs out of their home on Westover Drive, according to a statement released by the Surry County Sheriff’s Office.

Sean Patrick McCormack, 44, was charged with one charge each of felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and Xanax, felony maintaining a drug dwelling and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the sheriff’s statement, bond was set at $16,000 secured.

That bond was later voided by the magistrate who assigned it, D.C. Gardner, and replaced with one set at $2,500 secured.

McCormack was released from custody of the Surry County Detention Center on Oct. 22 and is due to appear in court on Nov. 25.

Christopher Robert Taylor, 35, was charged with misdemeanor maintaining a drug dwelling, possession of marijuana, possession of Xanax and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $500 with a court date of Nov. 25.

According to the statement, citizens had relayed to the sheriff’s office their concern that narcotics were being sold out of the residence.

During a search warrant executed Oct. 16 assisted by the Mount Airy Police Department, officers found about one quarter of a pound of marijuana, a quantity of prescription Xanax, scales used for weighing controlled substances, smoking devices and a 12 gauge shotgun.

Xanax and a straw used for snorting the drug were found on the person of Taylor, who was wanted on an outstanding order for arrest for failing to pay a fine for a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.

Taylor was released for that charge on Oct. 16 with payment of $620 cash.

Meth bust

On Oct. 15, the sheriff’s office and the Mount Airy police stopped a vehicle for an alleged traffic violation on Mountain View road that led to the arrest of two individuals on drug related charges, according to a statement released by the sheriff’s office.

During the investigation that occurred after the vehicles had been stopped, officers allegedly found methamphetamine smoking pipes on both individuals, and a subsequent search of the vehicles revealed methamphetamine packaged for sale along with a user amount of marijuana, according to the statement.

According to Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson, the suspects “decided they were going to try and fight and flee,” and tried to break and throw the glass pipes they were carrying.

“The officers were able to get it under control fairly quickly,” Atkinson said.

Melanie Dawn Speas, 44, of Westview Lane, Cana, Virginia, was charged with felony possession with intent to sell and deliver meth, maintaining a drug vehicle, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting a law enforcement officer, and destroying criminal evidence.

Speas was released under a $5,000 secured bond and is due in court on Nov. 25.

Tommy Joseph Swartz, 27, of Siloam Road, Mount Airy, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver meth, maintaining a drug vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting a law enforcement officer and destroying criminal evidence, and released under a $5,000 secured bond.

Swartz is due in court on Nov. 25.

Terri Flagg can be reached at 415-4734.

McCormack
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Taylor
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Christopher-Robert-Taylor1.jpgTaylor Submitted Photo

Swartz
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Swartz101520151.jpgSwartz Submitted Photo

Speas
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Speas101520151.jpgSpeas Submitted Photo
Two Sheriffs’s Office busts lead to charges

By Terri Flagg

tflagg@civitasmedia.com

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