Crime & Courts

Meth suspects arrested at Statesville motel

Ai Chai See
Ai Chai See Iredell County Sheriff’s Office

Three Statesville residents were arrested on methamphetamine charges and a fourth on domestic violence warrants at a local motel this week.

Iredell County sheriff’s deputies said they encountered “an overwhelming smell of burnt methamphetamine” on Tuesday when they learned a wanted person was in a room at the Brookwood Inn in the 1500 block of East Broad Street. A “smoke cloud” was coming from the room, investigators said.

Deputies said they found eight people hiding in the room. They also found several grams of methamphetamine, at least 250 grams of a cutting agent to prepare methamphetamine for sales, and drug paraphernalia.

Rhiannon Nicole Forrest, 32, Spring Marie Fassett, 25, and Ai Chai See, 37, were charged with possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Each was jailed on $20,000 bail. All three have lengthy criminal records, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office said.

Michael Allen Walkup, 34, of Statesville, and Tony Lee, 33, of Hickory, were cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and released.

Kaw Yang, 36, was arrested on domestic violence and simple assault warrants. He was jailed without bail.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak