Sheriff Darren E. Campbell stated: A three month undercover investigation into the manufacture and sale of methamphetamine led to the arrest of eight suspects from and related to 120 Estes Road in Northern Iredell County on Tuesday November 1, 2016. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received community complaints and information about a residence in the Bruce Farm, Estes Road area possibly being involved in drug sales. After numerous hours of surveillance by Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and continued community assistance the residence at 120 Estes Road was identified and verified as the residence in question. Information gathered from additional sources and data bases led investigators to identify Bryan Ashley Blansett, Dallas Wayne Lancaster and Gary Wayne Anderson as the sources of the methamphetamine. Purchases of methamphetamine were made from Blansett at the residence and based on this and other information gathered during the investigation a search warrant was issued for the residence. When the search warrant was executed at the residence five individuals were in the home and a short time later four other suspects were stopped in a vehicle in the area of Estes Road.
As a result of this investigation eight suspects were arrested and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center after being decontaminated by members of the Central Volunteer Fire Department. Iredell County Detectives, along with North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations collected evidence from the residence to include three “One Pot” labs and various others items of evidence. The Iredell County Health Department was called to quarantine the residence. Sheriff Campbell stated “This is a community impact case clear and simple. The community assisted the investigators by coming forward and providing information. Neighbors can allow their children to play in the area once more they can walk around their neighborhood without fear of something happening at this residence. The people who were using this house to make meth are criminals with criminal histories and we will not tolerate them in our county and we will continue to target and aggressively go after these suspects”.