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Sheriff: Piedmont Corrections officer charged in connection to heroin, marijuana bust

SALISBURY — Rowan authorities say a Piedmont Corrections Officer was charged in connection to a heroin/marijuana bust earlier this month. Two others, including the correction officer’s live-in boyfriend, have already been charged.

On Thursday, sheriff’s investigators arrested Tasha Renee Redmond, 35, at her 130 Vista Drive home for multiple drug offenses.

Redmond was charged with felony maintaining a dwelling for the sale of controlled substances, felony heroin possession and misdemeanor marijuana possession. She has been employed as a sergeant with the state Department of Corrections for 12 years, officials said.

“She is currently on administrative duty pending internal and external investigations,” said Keith Acree, communications officer with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

During a search of her home, which she shares with live-in boyfriend Jarvis Lamont “Star” Pate, investigators found one gram of suspected heroin, 20 grams of marijuana also known as “dab,” three handguns, ammunition, $5,700 in cash and drug paraphernalia.

Before searching the home, investigators stopped Pate, 35, in a vehicle on Webb Road on Oct. 20. He was in possession of 12 grams of heroin and 21 grams of marijuana. Rowan authorities said he has a number of convictions for drugs, voluntary manslaughter and felony restraint.

Simultaneously while stopping Pate, authorities searched the home of Kimberly Michelle Guske, 37, of 5110 Old Concord Road.

Detectives found three grams of meth, scales and drug paraphernalia, including used and unused needles.

Pate and Guske, who were already in the Rowan County Detention Center, were given additional charges related to the incident last week.

Pate was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic heroin by possession and is awaiting service. Guske was charged with conspiracy to traffic heroin by possession and possession of methamphetamine. Guske was placed under an additional $50,000 bond.

Both Guske and Pate remain in the Rowan County jail. Redmond has since been released under a $4,000 secured bond.

The investigation is ongoing and other charges are possible, Rowan officials said.

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