A long term Iredell County Sheriff’s Office investigation into the trafficking of crystal methamphetamine led to the arrest of five suspects, with two more currently being sought.
Breanna Frances Oliver, 33, of Regatta Lane in Mooresville, was charged with felony conspiracy to sell methamphetamine. She was issued a $100,000 bond by a magistrate.
Jerry Lee Lippard III, 38, of Desiree Drive in Statesville, was charged with felony conspiracy to sell methamphetamine. He was issued a $150,000 bond by a magistrate.
Bonnie Christine Jackson, 39, of Brookfield Drive in Statesville, was charged with felony conspiracy to sell methamphetamine. She remains in custody in the Mecklenburg County Detention Center.
Stephanie Anderson Williams, 35, of Foxcroft Lane in Statesville, was charged with felony conspiracy to sell methamphetamine. She was issued a $150,000 bond by a magistrate.
William Austin Blankenship, 24, of Linker Lane in Stony Point, was charged with felony conspiracy to sell methamphetamine. He is currently in the North Carolina Department of Correction at the Odom Correctional Facility in Northampton County.
Ian Kelly Shuemaker, 36, of Woodwinds Drive in Mooresville, was charged with felony conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, and three counts of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell a controlled substance. Shuemaker is a registered sex offender. He is currently being sought by the sheriff’s office.
Vincent Cornelius Jones, 37, of North Race Street in Statesville, was charged with felony conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, felony sell or deliver controlled substance and felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver controlled substance. He is wanted by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell, the investigation developed with the following details:
The investigation began in September of 2018 with a report that Bonnie Christine Jackson was suspected of selling methamphetamine. After surveillance of the suspect, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators purchase meth directly from Jackson.
Additional information was received by narcotics investigators about William Austin Blankenship selling methamphetamine. Undercover investigators were able to substantiate the reports and purchase meth from him.
Throughout 2019, narcotics investigators were given information from various sources and conducted undercover operations surrounding the five suspects. On June 8, 2019, Oliver and Lippard were found to be in possession of approximately 70 grams of crystal meth by members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team.
Information was compiled and officers began to see similar names.
After review of the evidence – including hand-to-hand purchase of drugs made by undercover investigators – felony arrest warrants were issued for the seven suspects.
The warrants were served Wednesday.
If anyone has information on the two suspects who are still wanted, call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3100 or call 911.
“This investigation into the, distribution, and sales of crystal methamphetamine in Iredell County will have a direct impact on the sales and use of methamphetamine in our county,” Campbell said. “These individuals are responsible for selling a large amount of methamphetamine in our communities. During the course of this investigation, we purchased a large amount of methamphetamine from this group. People like these suspects do not care about what harm they cause, or what damage they do by selling these types of drugs. They don’t care about the misery, and pain they cause, all they care about is the money they make off of others suffering. As you can see many of them have considerable criminal histories. As I have said many times before, if you are a repeat or career criminal, especially one who sells drugs here in Iredell County, we have and will continue to actively target, and go after you.”