33-year-old Deannea Rochell Savoy of Duffy Street in Mooresville, 46-year-old Kortney Jermaine Maddox of Abernathy Avenue in Statesville, and 38-year-old Latasha Jimnette Ramseur of South Lackey Street in Statesville have all been arrested on felony drug charges as the result of a nearly four-month-long investigation conducted by Iredell County Narcotics Investigators.
Savoy was charged with five counts of felony trafficking M.D.M.A. by possession, sale, and transportation. Maddox and Ramseur were each charged with felony counts of trafficking M.D.M.A. by possession, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance. Maddox was also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.
Investigators began looking into the distribution of M.D.M.A. (or, Ecstasy) after receiving information about a then-unknown female distributing large amounts of Ecstasy throughout Iredell County and within the Statesville city limits. Narcotics Investigators identified Deannea Rochell Savoy as the distributor. They were able to purchase over 1,800 dosage units of Ecstasy directly from Savoy in the course of several undercover meetings.
Through undercover surveillance operations, Investigators verified that Savoy visited a residence on North Lackey Street and met with Kortney Jermaine Maddox prior to or directly after selling various amounts of Ecstasy, indicating that Maddox was directly involved in the distribution of narcotics. Last Friday (December 3), Investigators executed a search warrant at the residence.
During the search, Officers found approximately 164.6 grams of T.H.C.-infused edibles and a handgun. Outside the home was a vehicle owned by Ramseur and regularly operated by Maddox. The vehicle was searched, leading to the seizure of 158 dosage units of M.D.M.A.
Maddox was arrested on the scene. On the same date, Savoy was arrested at her home in Mooresville. Ramseur was served with her arrest warrants on Monday, December 6. Maddox was given a $200,000 secured bond. Savoy’s bond was set at $300,000, secured, and Ramseur was issued a $50,000 unsecured bond. All three suspects will appear in District Court on December 20.
The estimated value of the Ecstasy pills seized is between $20,420 and $40,840.