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Large meth seizure in Cherokee

The Cherokee Indian Police Department, Swain County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Indian Affairs arranged the purchase of one kilogram of methamphetamine through Walter Paul Linn. 

According to a press release, Linn is a drug trafficker who traffics kilogram quantities of crystal methamphetamine from the Atlanta area. The above listed agencies initiated an operation to safely lure Linn to a meeting location, controlled by law enforcement. Prior to Linn’s arrival, agents learned that he had an outstanding warrant for a probation violation — possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. 

Linn arrived at the location, along with a female identified as Lindsey Marie Sikkema, and they were safely taken into custody by agents, without incident. During the course of the investigation, agents seized approximately 526.1 grams of crystal methamphetamine (street value $53,136.10), approximately 4 grams of heroin (street value $472.00), approximately 2 and a half grams of marijuana (street value $21.16), and about $2,600 in cash.

Chief of Police Doug Pheasant commented, “I am extremely proud of this collaborative effort and this team’s dedication to stopping drug trafficking on the Qualla Boundary and Western North Carolina.” 

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