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Separate drug busts net nine arrests

Henderson County sheriff’s deputies arrested nine people in two separate drug investigations in recent days.

Detectives with the Office Drug Enforcement Team charged a 21-year-old man with multiple drug felonies after stopping him for a traffic violation on Wednesday, Dec. 19. The arrest led to the arrest of a local woman at a Days Inn motel room for methamphetamine possession and the arrest of three other people on drug charges at a Windy Acres Drive home.

After the traffic stop, narcotics squad deputies charged Jose Guadalupe Medina-Estrada, of Windy Acres in Hendersonville, with driving while license revoked, two counts trafficking methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed under a $49,000 bond.
As a result of the vehicle stop and arrest, drug enforcement detectives were able to establish probable cause to obtain and execute two search warrants — one at the Days Inn, at 102 Mitchelle Drive, and the other was at a house on Windy Acres Drive.

During the search of a room at the Days Inn, detectives found and seized methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. As a result of the search, Heather Michelle Welty, 24, of Stepp Acres, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Welty was jailed on a $12,000 bond.

During the execution of the search warrant at Windy Acres Drive, detectives located and seized five firearms, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. As a result of the search, three subjects were arrested. Summer Nicole Hallyburton, 32, of Windy Acres, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Troy Bruce Jackson, 29, of Hendersonville, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Ashley Dawn Mentz, 27, of Hendersonville, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. All three were released after posting a $500.00 bond. Pending further investigation by the Drug Enforcement Team, more charges are probable.

In another sizable drug bust, officers with the Sheriff's SWAT and Drug Enforcement teams arrested four people after they executed a search warrant at 102 S. Sourwood Lane off Howard Gap Loop early Friday.

The search of the residence turned up trafficking amounts of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, the sheriff's office said. Those arrested were:

  • Brian Keith Prince, 36, of Flat Rock, charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, one felony count of maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of keeping/selling a controlled substance, one felony count of trafficking methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Prince remains in the Henderson County Jail under a $59,000 secured bond.
  • Rebekah Evelyn Maze, 21, of Flat Rock, charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, one felony count of maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of keeping/selling a controlled substance, one felony count of trafficking methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Maze remains in the Henderson County Jail under a $34,500 secured bond.
  • David John Caldwell, 58, of Flat Rock, charged with one felony count of maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of keeping/selling a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug and paraphernalia. Caldwell remains in the Henderson County Jail under a $9000 secured bond.
  • Cheryl Ann-Morton Caldwell, 52, of Flat Rock, charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia and will turn herself in at a later date.