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Cherokee County detectives make major drug arrest

Cherokee County Sheriff's Office

Press Release

On 08/09/2022 detectives from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the Murphy area of Cherokee County resulting in a drug, gun, and money seizure from Mr. Bruce Oliver of Clay County North Carolina. Mr. Oliver has been the subject of an on-going investigation into the fentanyl crisis plagues Cherokee County. During the traffic stop, K-9 Ragnar made a positive alert on the vehicle for the presence of narcotics. Mr. Oliver was found to be in possession of 84.6 grams of methamphetamine, 26.5 grams of fentanyl, along with several prescription narcotics, and a hand gun.

Based on their investigation, detectives obtained a search warrant for a storage unit belonging to Mr. Oliver in the Peachtree area of Cherokee County. Detectives subsequently located 48 grams of fentanyl and 3 additional firearms, along with $7000 cash.

Mr. Oliver is charged with High level Trafficking in Opioids, Mid-Level Trafficking in Opioids, Low-Level Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance, Maintaining Vehicle for Controlled Substance, and four (4) counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Mr. Oliver is being held in the Cherokee County Jail on a $250,000.00 secured bond.

Chief Deputy Chris Wood stated, “The results of this traffic stop and subsequent search warrant are the fruits of hard work and a diligent investigation by our office’s narcotics investigators. We continually receive information from members of the public and this information does not fall on deaf ears. I personally thank each person who played a part in this arrest which will make a substantial effect on our efforts to rid our county of illegal drug activity.”

Mr. Oliver is presumed innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.

To report suspicious activity and suspect violations of the law please call 828-837-1344 or submit a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov.

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