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Trafficking amount of meth seized from search in Murphy

Murphy, NC—The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office reports the May 11, 2022 arrest of 48 year old Kevin Dwayne Durden and 50 year old William Mark Clark both of Murphy North Carolina for drug charges.


The Cherokee County Narcotics Unit while conducting an ongoing investigation of individuals


that are distributing illegal narcotics were able to establish that a residence owned by Clark in the Martins Creek Community was in possession of illegally possessed narcotics and was distributing them from there as well.


Based on that information the Narcotics Officers and Deputies of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at 55 Notla Church Road, Murphy North Carolina. During the search a trafficking amount of methamphetamine along with other illegally possessed narcotics were seized. At the time of the search both Durden and Clark were present at the Notla Church Road residence.


William Mark Clark was incarcerated in the Cherokee County Detention Center for TRAFFIC IN METHAMPHETAMINE, MAINTAIN PLACE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, SIMPLE POSSESSION SCHEDULE II CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. The North Carolina Magistrate set a $50,000.00 secure bond. Clark is set to be in Cherokee County District Court on May 13, 2022.

Kevin Dwayne Durden was incarcerated in the Cherokee County Detention Center for TRAFFIC IN METHAMPHETAMINE, and PWIMSD METHAMPHETAMINE. The North Carolina Magistrate set a $50,000.00 secure bond. Durden is set to be in Cherokee County District Court on May 13, 2022.


Chief Deputy Joe Wood stated “Another seizure of trafficking amount of methamphetamine destined for our county. We continue to work with our neighbors in Georgia, and Tennessee to identify and arrest these individuals. As always we continue to appreciate the public’s support and assistance in this and all of our cases.”


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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