52-year-old Keith Wayne Garland of Drexel and 30-year-old Michelle Lynn Sumlin of Granite Falls were arrested Friday (August 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re each charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine. Both suspects are also charged with maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. More information has been released on this case, which was previously reported on WHKY Radio, TV, & whky.com.
Last Friday evening, agents learned through surveillance techniques that Sumlin and Garland were traveling in Garland’s 2002 Ford F-150 with a substantial amount of methamphetamine. Agents spotted the truck being driven by Garland and stopped it in Lenoir. A search of the vehicle was conducted and 1.4 pounds of crystal meth was reportedly found in the passenger area of the vehicle hidden inside a bag.
The meth has a total street value of $95,400 according to North Carolina State Drug Guidelines. Sumlin has three prior drug cases pending in Superior Court in Lenoir from an investigation conducted in 2018. In those incidents, she allegedly sold meth to an undercover officer on three different occasions.
Garland and Sumlin were jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $450,000 secured bond apiece. They both have District Court appearances scheduled for September 9.[Suspects photos courtesy of Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office]