Haywood County Deputies Arrest Drug Trafficker in NC

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HAYWOOD COUNTY, NC.- A traffic stop conducted by Haywood County Sheriff’s Office Deputies led to the seizure of 1.12 pounds of methamphetamine, 47 grams of Fentanyl, an illegal firearm, and the arrest of Eric Gaines of Swannanoa, NC.

On Sept. 28th, while working a routine patrol on I-40, deputies with the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Suppression Unit initiated a traffic stop on Eric Gaines. During the ensuing investigation, Gaines consented to a search of his car resulting in the discovery of a large amount of methamphetamine, Fentanyl, drug paraphernalia, and an illegally owned handgun.
 “Once again, the diligent efforts of our deputies have yielded positive results, and another large quantity of illegal drugs was removed from our community. We will remain vigilant as we target drug traffickers and the plague of illegal distribution affecting Haywood County,” stated Haywood County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jeff Haynes.

If you have any information regarding drug trafficking in Haywood County please call the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office Crime Stoppers Tipline at 1-877-922-7463 or visit the Community Concerns Portal at www.haywoodncsheriff.com/community-tips-concerns


Eric Gaines was charged with the following:
• Trafficking Methamphetamine by Transportation Level III
• Trafficking Methamphetamine by Possession Level III
• Trafficking Fentanyl by Transport Level III
• Trafficking Fentanyl by Possession Level III
• Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Methamphetamine
• Maintain a vehicle for Controlled Substance
• Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
And was placed in the Haywood County Detention Center with a $1,000,000 secured bond.

Waynesville Resident Arrested on Drug and Parole Violations

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HAYWOOD COUNTY, Ga.- The Waynesville Police Department Tac Unit received an anonymous tip leading to the arrest of Chad Nathan Bennett on a parole violation and drug charges.

Bennett was wanted for a parole violation and other pending felony warrants. He was located by police at the Waynesville Plaza sitting inside his vehicle.

When officers approached the vehicle Bennett could be seen holding a knife and actively cutting methamphetamine on the back of a cell phone. Besides the methamphetamine, he had other narcotics on him when taken into custody.

Bennett is being charged with PWIMSD Sch II and Simple Possession of Sch III and was given a $50,000 secured bond. Bennett has 63 disposed of charges and had pending drug charges of Possession w/Intent to sell and deliver a controlled substance, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Sch III, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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