DOBSON — Two Mount Airy residents were arrested and a full kilogram of crystal methamphetamine seized following a multi-agency raid on Red Brush Road recently.
A month-long investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at the home of David Worth Steele, of the 2500 block of Red Brush Road, shortly before noon on April 13, according to a statement released by Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson.
The local sheriff’s office was assisted by the Roanoke Office of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Mount Airy Police Department, the Carroll County (Virginia) Sheriff’s Office, the Montgomery County (Virginia) Sheriff’s Office, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security Investigations.
“All of us had pieces of the puzzle that we put together and it just so happened the arrest happened in Surry County,” Atkinson said.
“It is very common in drug investigations of this size that you involve other agencies in surrounding areas that may be a part of the distribution area,” said the sheriff, adding that Homeland Security was present as part of the federal task force.
“There was no terrorism threat or anything.”
When officers made entry into the residence, Steele, 52, and Lisa Johnson Wolford, 53, of Jasper Lane, Lowgap, were inside.
The sheriff said the crystallized methamphetamine, a cooked and more concentrated form of meth also known as ICE, weighed in a little over a kilogram, or 2.2 pounds.
“Normally we deal in grams or ounces, so yeah, that’s a lot of dope.” he said.
Several items were found during the search including handguns, shotguns and rifles and drug paraphernalia such as digital scales, packaging and containers, according to the statement.
Several items of stolen property were also recovered, including a Ford F-350 box truck, a 1999 Ford F-450 truck cab and chassis, two fuel trailers, an industrial portable generator with work lights, a Surry-Yadkin electric power meter and three utility trailers.
Officers returned with an additional search warrant on April 14 and recovered a stolen 2008 Sportsman 500 Polaris ATV.
Steele was charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine, one count of maintaining a drug dwelling, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen property.
He is confined in the Surry County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond and scheduled to appear in court on May 5.
Wolford was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released from the detention center under a $25,000 bond and scheduled to appear in court on May 5.
Atkinson said the investigation was ongoing.
“Especially something this size we’re continuing to try to make a connection with whomever else the suspect may be associated with and what role they had participating in the operation.”
Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.