Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Round-up
Timothy Alan Hall Jr
Jerry Ladon Rickett
According to Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver, agents of the Cherokee County Sheriff?s Office Narcotics Unit (CCNU) began a joint undercover operation with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) in the investigation of the Roger Dale Crane organization in July of 2010. Agents of the Sheriff?s Office Narcotics Unit had identified Crane as a primary source for crystal methamphetamine and a high level fence, who was trading crystal methamphetamine for stolen property, particularly firearms. Crane was also using money obtained from the sale of stolen property to fund his supply of crystal methamphetamine to sell at the street level.
From July through December, 2010, CCNU Agents along with ATF Special Agents utilized multiple undercover sources to purchase a large number of stolen guns and crystal methamphetamine from Roger Dale Crane and others within his organization. Shaver stated the vast majority of these cases are expected to be prosecuted at the federal level, and 41 state arrest warrants have been issued for persons known to be associated with Roger Dale Crane. Other federal indictments are expected in the near future.
This has been an extensive investigation that was initiated to relieve the citizens of the burglaries and other drug related crimes that have plagued the Cedar Bluff and Gaylesville areas for quite some time. Shaver stated the execution of the warrants for members of Cranes?s organization is ongoing.
List of those who have been arrested to date:
Roger Dale Crane - 11 counts of methamphetamine distribution, 1 count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, 1 count of second degree receiving stolen property, 1 count of third degree receiving stolen property, 2 counts of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Timothy Alan Hall Jr. - 2 counts of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, 1 count of sale of imitation drugs.
Jerry Ladon Rickett - 1 count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Christopher Ladon Rickett - 1 count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Martha Coleman Early - 3 counts of methamphetamine distribution, 1 count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Nathan Christopher Jackson - 2 counts of possession of a short barrel shotgun, 1 count of manufacturing methamphetamine, 3 counts of methamphetamine distribution.
Kenneth E. Mole - 1 count of possession of precursor chemicals.