Nine face felony drug charges

The Union County Sheriff’s Department kept busy over the past week as deputies and investigators arrested nine people on felony drug charges.

Union County  Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said the nine suspects were arrested between last Friday and Tuesday for possession of a variety of drugs.
“With these arrests, we uncovered between $16,000 and $18,000 worth of drugs in street value,” Edward said.  “It was a combination of everything from 1/2 pound of marijuana, to cocaine and heroin.”
Edwards said the arrests were the result of a combination of traffic stops, as well as investigations.
The charges are as follows:

  • Alan Massengill is charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of heroin
  • Cora Chapman is charged with sell of methamphetamine (within 1,500 feet of a school or church) and possession with intent to sell crystal methamphetamine (within 1,500 feet of a school or church)
  • Dierre Shawn Fryar is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute
  • Melissa Fryar is charged with possession of cocaine
  • Angela Hancock is charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine
  • Gregory Joel Dillard is charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine
  • Christopher Robbins is charged with possession of precursors and Schedule II controlled substance
  • Melissa A. Forth is charged with possession of Schedule II controlled substance and possession of precursors
  • Michael Shane Towery is charged with conspiracy with intent to manufacture methamphetamine

Edwards said that Dillard, Hancock, Robbins, Forth and Towery were part of a methamphetamine operation in Pinedale that has been under investigation for some time.  Investigators executed a warrant on the ring Monday.
He said that there is not a link between the meth ring and the other arrests made.
Bond has been set for all nine suspects and is between $25,000 and $50,000.

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