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Yet Another Drug Arrest In Hayesville

Press Release


On 04/13/24 at 12:35 AM Clay County DEA Task Force Agent Tyler Faggard noted a 2015 black GMC Yukon arrive to the Hot Spot in Hayesville. Agent Faggard noted the vehicle to be driven by Eric Estaban Rivera, 40 years of age from Hayesville.


Agent Faggard noted the passenger in the vehicle to be Jillian Ashley Stiles, 42 years of age from Murphy. After a brief inquiry with Clay County 911 Dispatch, Agent Faggard learned there to be outstanding orders for Stiles’ arrest out of Swain County. By this time Rivera and Stiles had left the Hot Spot.


Agent Faggard, assisted by Clay County K-9 Sgt Steven Smith and Clay County Investigator Nick Queen, stopped the GMC near Truitt Baptist Church. Sgt Smith’s K-9, Luca, alerted on the vehicle indicating the presence of controlled substances. Agent Faggard then noted and seized a black pouch sitting on the side of the driver’s seat of the vehicle.


The pouch contained three baggies containing a crystal-like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. A search of Stiles purse yielded multiple used hypodermic needles. Rivera was arrested for felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Methamphetamine and Felony Maintaining a Vehicle to Keep Controlled Substances. Rivera was not issued a bond for his release.


Stiles was arrested based on the outstanding Orders for Arrest and given a $500 secured bond.


All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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