Man arrested three times in eight days
GOLD HILL — The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office says it took Jason Scott Dillard a few times to get the message.
According to deputies, Dillard, 41, was arrested three times in eight days. Dillard is charged with trafficking in heroin.
Dillard’s first arrest, on Feb. 8, was a culmination of a two-year investigation into complaints about heroin sales at his home, 725 Old U.S. 80 in Gold Hill.
According to the investigation, Dillard was receiving and distributing at least 100 grams of heroin per week. Investigators determined the drug was being obtained through Mexican national suppliers in Charlotte. Between August and September, investigators made three purchases of heroin from Dillard at his residence.
A search warrant at Dillard’s home turned up about 17 grams of heroin packaged individually for sale, 102 prescription pills totaling 14 grams, about $6,000 cash and suspected stolen property. Deputies also found a money-counting machine and evidence of counterfeiting.
Dillard was charged with three counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin; trafficking in heroin by possession; trafficking in opiates by possession; possession with intent to sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance; maintaining a dwelling for keeping and selling controlled substances; and simple possession of a Schedule III controlled substance.
He was placed under a $100,000 secured bond, and video surveillance was set up inside and outside his home.
On Feb.13, deputies went to Dillard’s home again to arrest him on charges of conspiracy to traffick in heroin warrant, which was related to the Feb. 8 arrest.
Deputies found Dillard in a second-story bedroom with two other people. Dillard’s girlfriend, Brittany Michelle Tucker, 28, who also lives at the residence, was in the process of shooting up heroin when deputies arrived, they said. Two other syringes loaded with heroin were in plain view in the bedroom.
A third person, Kenneth Wayne Moose, 36, of 1825 Liberty Road, Gold Hill, was found in possession of heroin. A search of the home found about 25 grams of heroin packaged for sale, 2 grams of methamphetamine, $297 in cash and drug paraphernalia.
Dillard was taken before a Rowan County magistrate and continued under the same $100,000 bond.
Tucker was charged with selling Opana on Sept. 8 and possession of heroin, possession of oxymorphone and possession of clonazepam for the Feb. 13 incident. Her bond was set at $7,500.
Moose was charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $1,500.
On Friday, sheriff’s deputies went to Dillard’s for the third time in eight days with another search warrant and more arrest warrants. Deputies were joined by officers of the North Carolina Department of Revenue Unauthorized Substance Tax Division to collect drug taxes Dillard owed.
Deputies again found Dillard and Tucker in the second-story bedroom. The third search of the home turned up about 8.6 grams of heroin, a small quantity of methamphetamine, $745 in cash, counterfeit money and drug paraphernalia.
According to reports, an ongoing counterfeiting process was begin run in the bedroom, churning out $100 bills. Deputies said that on all three visits, Dillard used the same hiding place to store the bulk of drugs at his property — a locked safe.
The N.C. Department of Revenue seized three vehicles and personal property to partially satisfy the taxes Dillard owed.
After Friday’s search, Dillard was charged with trafficking in heroin by possession; possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin; possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine; possession with intent to sell or deliver amphetamine; maintaining a dwelling for keeping and selling controlled substances; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Rowan County Magistrate Mark Wilhelm set Dillard’s bond at $2 million.
Tucker was charged with trafficking in heroin by possession; possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin; possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine; possession with intent to sell or deliver amphetamine; maintaining a dwelling for keeping and selling controlled substances; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Wilhelm set Tucker’s bond at $2 million.
Dillard has past felony convictions for breaking and entering, larceny, possession of cocaine. He also has numerous misdemeanor convictions.
Moose has past felony convictions for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony breaking and entering, larceny, and credit card theft. Moose also has misdemeanor convictions for impersonating a police officer and assault on a female.
Tucker has a previous conviction for misdemeanor larceny and is on supervised probation.
By Jessica Coates firstname.lastname@example.org SALISBURY — At their Tuesday meeting, the Council will hear from several city and community boards, get... read more