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Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit arrests two on charges of trafficking

LENOIR, NC (March 21, 2017)…Sheriff Alan C. Jones has announced on March 17, 2017, Agents with the Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit made arrests of Jackie Eugenia Byrd, age 39, and Shea David Byrd, age 43, of 4035 Grandin Road in Lenoir for the second time in less than two weeks on charges of trafficking methamphetamine. The Byrds, who have been under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit for suspicion of trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine, were arrested again as a result of an undercover operation conducted by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit. The Lenoir Police Department also assisted in the investigation.

Both Shea and Jackie Byrd were originally arrested on March 7, 2017, and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine as a result of a search of their home. During that search, Agents found and seized over 1 ½ pounds of methamphetamine.

During this investigation, Officers stopped the Byrds operating a 2008 GMC truck. Lenoir Police K-9 “Cerik” conducted a free air sniff around the truck and alerted. A search was conducted and approximately 3 pounds of methamphetamine was discovered concealed inside a four-wheeler tire in the bed of the truck. A small amount of methamphetamine was also discovered in the passenger area of the vehicle along with $3,500 cash and a loaded .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol. The methamphetamine has a street value over $214,200.00 according to North Carolina State Drug Guidelines. They are facing mandatory prison time if convicted in a court of law.

“I’m proud of the hard work and efforts put together by all agencies and officers involved in this investigation. It was great teamwork that resulted in two repeat offenders apprehended and a significant amount of meth seized that won’t hit the streets”. – Sheriff Alan C. Jones

The following individuals were arrested and charged with the listed crimes:

Shea David Byrd, W/M, age 43
4035 Grandin Road
Lenoir, NC
• One (1) Count Felonious Trafficking in Methamphetamine by Possession.
• One (1) Count Felonious Trafficking in Methamphetamine by Transportation.
• One (1) Count Felonious Maintain a Dwelling to Keep/Store a Controlled Substance.
Shea Byrd was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $100,000,000 secured bond and a $10,000 secured bond. He also has a first appearance in District Court in Lenoir on March 21, 2017. He was also charged with Felony Maintain a Dwelling as a result from the March 7, 2017, search of his home.

Jackie Eugenia Byrd, W/F, age 39
4035 Grandin Road
Lenoir, NC
• One (1) Count Felonious Trafficking in Methamphetamine by Possession.
• One (1) Count Felonious Trafficking in Methamphetamine by Transportation.
Jackie Byrd was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $100,000,000 secured bond on the drug charges. She has a first appearance in District Court in Lenoir on March 21, 2017.

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office is always in search of any information involving the use and distribution of illegal controlled substances. A concerned citizen’s information and assistance will be kept confidential. If you have any information concerning illegal drug activity in Caldwell County, please contact the:

Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office I.C.E. Unit at 828-757-1178.
Lenoir Police Department’s Narcotics Division at 828-757-2145.
Hudson Police Department at 828-728-5021.
Granite Falls Police Department at 828-396-3358.
Caldwell County Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300.