Three charged in undercover drug investigation

Published 2:35 pm Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday arrested three Ablemarle residents as part of an undercover drug investigation.

Jacob Adam Hatley, 22; Derek Ryan Talbert, 26; and Samantha Denise Beach, 25, all face a charge of conspiracy to traffick more than 28 grams of opium or heroin. The three were placed in the Rowan County Detention Center Wednesday afternoon under a $100,000 secured bond.

A news release from the sheriff’s office states the trio was allegedly trafficking oxycodone.

In addition to the conspiracy charge, Hatley faces one count of trafficking by possession and transportation of more than 28 grams. Talbert faces additional charges of misdemeanor child abuse, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle for keeping or selling controlled substances. Beach faces child abuse and a possession of a schedule IV controlled substance charge.

Talbert’s and Beach’s child abuse charge came after the pair brought their 9-month-old child to a drug transaction. Rowan County Social Services has placed the child with a responsible family member, according to the sheriff’s office.

The possession charge came after Talbert and Beach allegedly possessed eight doses of clonazepam.

The arrests were a result of an undercover investigation by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit and the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Unit.

Hatley was the only member of the trio who remained in jail Thursday afternoon, according to sheriff’s office records.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246