According to Sheriff Jeff Shaver, Cherokee County investigators arrested five people in unrelated felony drug and criminal investigations on Tuesday, February 6,2018, including a Centre man for distribution and an Ohio man for drug trafficking. Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested 31 year-old Johnathan R. Butler, of Centre, on seven counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, and multiple counts of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Butler had been on the run and was taken into custody at a camper in the Ferrell Community around 3 PM. Janice M. Lowe, 61, also of Centre, was arrested at the same residence on charges of hindering prosecution.
An Ohio man was arrested for drug trafficking on U.S. 411 by Investigators Stepps and Monroy, with help from Sheriff’s Office K9 Keelo. Investigators seized a significant amount of methamphetamine and placed Kevin V. Johnson, 40, of Columbus in the Cherokee County Detention Center.
Tracy L. Maxwell, 61, of Centre, was also arrested on Tuesday for a parole violation warrant and unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of paraphernalia. Investigators arrested Maxwell on the previous Friday for unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.
As part of the recent Operation Vigilant Star, Investigator Brian Gilliland placed James J. Clay, 34, of Gaylesville under arrest for a SORNA violation on Tuesday afternoon.
Deputies transported all of the suspects to the Cherokee County Detention Center.