Virginia woman caught in Surry with meth

By Jeff Linville -
Lawson -

A Virginia woman was arrested in Surry County with illegal drugs, and a later search of her home turned up more drugs.

The Surry County Sheriff’s Office had members of its Narcotics Division working near the area of I-77 and N.C. 89 a week ago. After seeing Lawson’s vehicle swerve across the center line, the officers made a traffic stop.

Sheriff Jimmy Combs said that stop led to probable cause to search the vehicle, and that led to the discovery of 168 grams of meth and half an ounce of marijuana. The street value of those drugs would be almost $17,000.

Kathy Branscome Lawson, age 57, showed a home address of 71 Meadow View Trail, Fancy Gap, Virginia.

The Narcotics Division reached out to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office with the information, which was enough to justify a search warrant of the residence.

Combs said the Carroll County officers reported back that a raid there resulted in the seizure of another 24 grams of meth, half a gram of heroin and $5,200 in U.S. currency. The street value of the drugs would be $2,500.

“We will continue to forge new partnerships with surrounding agencies regardless of jurisdictional boundaries in our fight against the illicit drug trade,” said Combs.

Lawson received a $250,000 secured bond and an Aug. 22 court appearance after being charged with the following in Surry County:

• Three counts of felony trafficking of meth;

• Possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a Schedule VI drug;

• Felony maintaining a drug vehicle;

• Misdemeanor possession of marijuana;

• Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia;

• And a traffic infraction for driving left of center.

Further charges are expected to be filed in Carroll County.


By Jeff Linville

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