Cornelius man facing charges for dealing meth
Washington County sheriff's deputies and inter-agency investigators arrested two Cornelius residents on suspicion of possessing and delivering methamphetamine, among other charges, on Tuesday, Aug. 7, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office said 67-year-old Clyde Edwards III and 24-year-old Brittany Ridgeway were arrested during a warrant search of a mobile home in the 500 block of North 10th Avenue, in the Forest Hills Mobile Estates community.
The search and arrests were the culmination of a "weeks-long" investigation into drug-dealing at the mobile home park, according to a statement from the Sheriff's Office.
The investigation reportedly began in mid-July after deputies serving Cornelius — which contracts with the Sheriff's Office — received a tip, then contacted the Westside Inter-Agency Narcotics team, which includes personnel from several other law enforcement agencies, including the Hillsboro Police Department.
The Sheriff's Office said it seized about 80 grams of meth, as well as other drugs — hallucinogenic mushrooms and prescription drugs — and eight guns, including two handguns.
In addition to charges of possession and delivery of meth, Edwards faces eight charges of being a felon in possession of a weapon.
Andrew Freeman, a spokesman for the Washington County District Attorney's Office, said Tuesday, Aug. 14, that prosecutors have declined to press charges against Ridgeway at this time.
Edwards has a more extensive criminal history dating back to 1991, including convictions for giving false information to a police officer, possession of a controlled substance, harassment and assault. He previously pleaded guilty to a charge of meth possession in 2013.
Editor's note: This story has been updated as of Tuesday morning, Aug. 14, to note that according to the Washington County District Attorney's Office, arrestee Brittany Ridgeway is not being charged at this time in connection with the case.
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