Record drug bust in Red Brush


By Jeff Linville - [email protected]



Mount Airy Police Chief Dale Watson, left, and Sheriff Jimmy Combs stand before a table loaded with evidence from a Red Brush raid Monday.


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Sheriff Jimmy Combs holds a bag of about 900 opioid pills that are believed to be tainted with fentanyl, which could be fatal to users.


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This week wasn’t the first raid at the Steele home. Here are some of the weapons confiscated during a drug bust there two years ago.


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A Surry County couple has been placed in jail, under a combined $4 million in bonds after multiple drug charges were filed against them.

Sheriff Jimmy Combs said that the partnership with the Mount Airy Police Department and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation has resulted in another historical narcotics seizure.

Just three months after law enforcement caught a Dobson woman and her boyfriend allegedly with nearly 600 grams of meth — resulting in the woman being placed in jail under a $3.2 million bond — authorities have made an even bigger drug-related raid.

Law enforcement officers usually speak in terms of ounces or grams, but that bust confiscated 1⅓ pounds of meth.

Even that amount is small potatoes compared to what the Surry County Sheriff’s Office found Monday afternoon in raiding the residence of David Worth Steele, 54, at 2528 Red Brush Road, just across the road from Double Creek Horse Farm in the Red Brush area.

Combs said members of the Special Enforcement Team (the local version of SWAT) executed the search warrant and located Steele and his companion, Lisa Johnson Wolford, 56, of 134 Jasper Lane, Lowgap.

This is the fourth time in a little more than two years that officers have served a search warrant at this residence, noted Chief Deputy Lauren Osborne.

Once the suspects were taken into custody, narcotics investigators from these agencies conducted a search of the residence which led to the discovery of a record amount of meth along with other drugs, paraphernalia, guns and cash.

Sheriff Combs held up a plastic evidence bag with about 900 possibly counterfeit opioid pills.

“Through our investigation we believe these pills are counterfeit 30mg Roxys or roxicodone believed to be laced with fentanyl,” said Combs. “These pills match other pills we have recovered from undercover purchases that tested positive as fentanyl in a laboratory by the Department of Homeland Security. We have also recovered matching pills from victims that had overdosed on opioids.”

The following is a list of items seized:

• Four kilos of meth that weighed more than 4,000 grams, which was 9.2 pounds. Street value of this drug is $100 per gram, making the value of this seizure worth more than $408,000;

• About 900 pills of what is believed to be counterfeit 30 mg oxycodone (also know as Roxy) believed to be laced with fentanyl. Street value is $1 per milligram, making this seizure worth $27,000;

• 17 pills of 20 mg oxycodone with a street value of $1/mg, making these worth $340;

• 18 pills of 1 mg alprazolam (Xanax), with a street value of $5/mg, making this seizure worth $90;

• Six pills of 10 mg hydrocodone (Vicodin) with a street value of $1/mg, making this seizure worth $60;

• 18 pills of 2 mg clonazepam (Klonopin) with a street value of $1/mg, making this seizure worth $36;

• 33 grams of marijuana with a street value of $660;

• 17 firearms;

• Miscellaneous drug paraphernalia;

• $6,300 in U.S currency.

“For the last 13 months this has been a model partnership at every level,” Combs said of working with the Mount Airy Police Department and SBI. “We have truly been blessed with the things this team has accomplished.”

Steele has received a $2,015,500 secured bond after being charged with the following:

• Two counts of felony trafficking meth;

• Two counts of felony trafficking opium or heroin;

• One count of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana;

• One count of felony maintaining a drug dwelling.

Wolford received a $2 million secured bond after being charged with the following:

• Two counts of trafficking meth;

• Two counts of trafficking opium or heroin.

The first raid on the Red Brush Road home came in April 2016, when then-Sheriff Graham Atkinson reported that 2.2 pounds of crystal meth was seized.

Several items were found during the latest 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.

Last year, a week before Christmas, officers raided the house again.

“As a result of the search warrant, officers seized 29 grams methamphetamine with a value of $2,900, drug paraphernalia, three 12-gauge shotguns, one .38-caliber pistol, one .22-caliber rifle, one .380-caliber pistol and $9,855 cash,” said Sheriff Jimmy Combs said of that December raid.

“Also seized during the search warrant was a Harley-Davidson motorcycle stolen from Dallas, North Carolina, an enclosed trailer stolen from Carroll County, Virginia, and a stolen Mount Airy (News) newspaper rack.”

The chief deputy said Steele still has previous charges pending in court.

According to the county court docket, Steele has a July 10 court date on a charge of felony possession of a stolen vehicle. Then July 25 he faces two counts of trafficking in meth, two counts of trafficking in opium/heroin, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/delivery marijuana, maintaining a drug dwelling and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He has a court appearance on the new charges dated Sept. 4. Wolford also has appearances on those two dates.

Mount Airy Police Chief Dale Watson, left, and Sheriff Jimmy Combs stand before a table loaded with evidence from a Red Brush raid Monday.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_Sheriff-and-Chief.jpgMount Airy Police Chief Dale Watson, left, and Sheriff Jimmy Combs stand before a table loaded with evidence from a Red Brush raid Monday. Submitted photos

Sheriff Jimmy Combs holds a bag of about 900 opioid pills that are believed to be tainted with fentanyl, which could be fatal to users.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_JimmyCombsRoxy.jpgSheriff Jimmy Combs holds a bag of about 900 opioid pills that are believed to be tainted with fentanyl, which could be fatal to users. Submitted photos

This week wasn’t the first raid at the Steele home. Here are some of the weapons confiscated during a drug bust there two years ago.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_100_1937.jpgThis week wasn’t the first raid at the Steele home. Here are some of the weapons confiscated during a drug bust there two years ago. Submitted photos

By Jeff Linville

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Reach Jeff at 415-4692.

Reach Jeff at 415-4692.

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