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Avery Sheriff's Office Intercerpts Mailed Drugs on Watauga Tip PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:46

Officers with the Municipal Drug Task Force and the Avery County Sheriff's office intercepted 100 Hydrocodone pills being mailed from California, arriving in Plumtree Monday. The Drug Task Force received information over one month ago from the Watauga County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division from confidential informant who told of illegal drugs being shipped in from California to Plum Tree. Officer Vance with the Drug Task Force began an investigation and contacted the postal service and confirmed that packages were being sent to Robert Mathes at least once a week. Officer Vance coordinated with the postal service and intercepted a package that contained 100 Vicodin tablets, then Avery deputies went to Mathes' residence and found where money had been electronically sent to California. Packages and bottles where pills mailed from California previously were found, and Mathes is reported to have admitted to selling the pills to various Avery County residents. The investigation showed where over 1000 pills has been sent to Mathes from California through the US Mail, leading to Mathes’ arrest.  He is currently held in the Avery County Jail,charged with Trafficking opium and Possession with intent to Sale Hydrocodone. Avery Bond was set at $175,000, and Mathes could also face Federal charges as well. Sheriff Kevin Frye pointed out that packages sent via US Postal Service are easily tracked, and records are maintained help lead to charges.



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