ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WSPA) – Nine people were arrested and 24 pounds of methamphetamine were seized during a drug trafficking operation in Buncombe County.

The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office said it received several community complaints in May regarding potential drug trafficking operations selling large amounts of methamphetamine in the Weaverville area.

During the investigation, deputies seized 24.2 pounds of methamphetamine, three firearms, two vehicles, and $34,138.

On June 1, a search warrant was served at a home on Alcatnie Drive. At that home, the sheriff’s office seized $18,739, 5.1 pounds of methamphetamine, three firearms and various amounts of drug paraphernalia.

On June 7, deputies found where members of the drug trafficking ring were staying.

During a traffic stop later that day, deputies seized nearly a pound of meth and $5,322.

With the assistance of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, a search warrant was issued and executed for a motel room in Henderson County where the people had been staying and 17.9 pounds of meth were seized from the motel room.

  • Holly Rose Suttle
  • Jesse Nathan Minter
  • Anthony Guillermo Rodriguez
  • Troy Jason Rice
  • Robert Billy Ramos

Deputies arrested and charged the following people:

Holly Rose Suttle of Marshall is being held at the Buncombe County Detention Facility on a $250,000 bond and is charged with:

  • conspire to traffic methamphetamine
  • two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine 
  • possession with intent to sell or distribute schedule ii controlled substance
  • possession drug paraphernalia

Jesse Nathan Minter of Weaverville is being held at the Buncombe County Detention Facility on a $200,000 bond and is charged with:

  • conspire to traffic methamphetamine
  • two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine 
  • possession with intent to sell or distribute schedule ii controlled substance
  • possession drug paraphernalia
  • maintain a vehicle dwelling place for sale of a controlled substance

Anthony Guillermo Rodriguez of Barnardsville is being held at the Buncombe County Detention Facility on a $200,000 bond and is charged with:

  • conspire to traffic methamphetamine
  • two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine 
  • possession with intent to sell or distribute schedule ii controlled substance
  • possession drug paraphernalia

Katie Jo Shook of Buncombe County is being held at the Buncombe County Detention Facility on a $200,000 bond and is charged with:

  • conspire to traffic methamphetamine
  • two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine 
  • two counts of possession with intent to sell or distribute schedule ii controlled substance
  • possession drug paraphernalia

Troy Jason Rice of Barnardsville is being held at the Buncombe County Detention Facility on a $15,000 bond and is charged with:

  • felony possession of stolen goods/property 
  • felony larceny
  • expired operators license
  • misdemeanor possession stolen goods/property 
  • exceeding safe speed
  • misdemeanor larceny
  • reckless driving to endanger
  • no operators license
  • fictitious title/registration card
  • expired inspection
  • drive/allow mv no registration

Robert Billy Ramos of Buncombe County is being held at the Buncombe County Detention Facility and is not eligible for bond due to parole violations. He is charged with:

  • conspire to traffic methamphetamine
  • two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine 

David James Messer of Mars Hill has been charged with:

  • two counts of trafficking methamphetamine 
  • possession with intent to sell or distribute schedule ii controlled substance
  • possession of drug paraphernalia
  • resisting public officer

Joesette Michelle Plemmons of Weaverville has been charged with:

  • conspire to traffic methamphetamine
  • trafficking methamphetamine
  • maintain dwelling for sale of a controlled substance

Ronald Lee Fisher of Weaverville has been charged with:

  • conspire to traffic methamphetamine
  • trafficking methamphetamine
  • maintain dwelling for sale of a controlled substance