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Three Suspects Arrested In Alexander County Meth Trafficking Case
L-R: John Dempsey Watson, Keon Deantre Choice and Daron Laroy Hillman
Courtesy of Alexander County Sheriff's Office

Three Suspects Arrested In Alexander County Meth Trafficking Case

39-year-old John Dempsey Watson of Hiddenite, 28-year-old Keon Deantre Choice of Cowpens, SC and 25-year-old Daron Laroy Hillman of Gaffney, SC were all arrested Tuesday (April 26) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re each charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance, and conspire to traffic meth along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Tuesday at approximately 7:00 p.m.,the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, Taylorsville Police Department, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the United States Department of Homeland Security, and Alexander County EMS responded to a residence on Lambert Drive in the northeastern part of Hiddenite.

A search warrant was executed by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team with the assistance of the previously mentioned agencies. This search concluded a 14-month investigation into an alleged meth trafficking ring that reportedly spanned from South Carolina to Alexander County. The investigation was initiated by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office.

Upon arrival, an individual was detained outside the residence. Entry was then made into the residence, where two individuals were detained. Alexander County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Daigo alerted to the presence of narcotics in the suspect vehicle, which was in the driveway. Alexander County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Ash alerted to the presence of narcotics inside the residence.

Police found approximately 1.2 pounds of meth in the home, along with approximately $4,200 in US currency and drug paraphernalia. Officers found approximately 2.7 pounds of meth inside the suspect vehicle, along with a pistol. Various needles and a NARCAN kit were also found in the home. The street value of the seized meth (approximately 3.9 pounds) is approximately $50,000. All items were seized by police.

Items seized during April 26, 2022 arrests in Alexander County case
Courtesy of Alexander County Sheriff’s Office

All three suspects were confined in the Alexander County Detention Center under $500,000 secured bond apiece. They’re all scheduled to make first court appearances next Monday (May 2) in District Court in Taylorsville.