Two people had a preliminary hearing this week, the first of several dates following a recent seven-person meth bust.
Grandy and Mandy Nester appeared in court this week, but their cases have been continued. Other court dates are coming up over the next month for the Nesters and the other five suspects caught in a joint criminal investigation by the Surry County Sheriff’s Office, the Mount Airy Police Department, the Twin County Drug Task Force from Virginia, and the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Graham Atkinson said work on this case dates back to last year. The sheriff’s narcotics and criminal investigation divisions, working with the city police department, gathered enough evidence for a search warrant, which was executed Dec. 21 at a residence on East Pine Street in Flat Rock.
Grandy Jay Nester, 32, Mandy Marie Nester, 34, and Leilani Hope Jeffcoat, 27, were listed as living at that residence.
The two local agencies found stolen items, including two vehicles (a 2001 Chevrolet Impala and a 2011 Chevrolet Impala) and two firearms (a Springfield XDS .45-caliber handgun and a MK 1 Browning 9 mm). The sting also discovered more than 32 grams of methamphetamine.
Grandy Nester was not at the residence at the time, but Marie Nester and Jeffcoat were arrested along with two others in the house.
On Jan. 12, the Surry County and Patrick County sheriff’s offices were involved in a car chase with Grandy Nester in the Willis Gap Road area of Surry County. During the pursuit a passenger was identified as Amber Renee Bilyeu.
Nester allegedly drove his vehicle through several fences in temporarily losing the deputies. Officers located the abandoned vehicle in the woods off Willis Gap Road and found 31 grams of meth.
The sheriff’s office said a third passenger in the vehicle also fled, but was captured that night: Jackie Randelle Dawson.
A week and a half later, the sheriff’s office received a tip that Grandy Nester was on East Pine Street near his residence. The police and Patrick County Sheriff’s Office assisted Surry County in responding that day, Jan. 25.
Officers chased Nester into the woods behind a residence and finally caught him.
Two days later, the sheriff’s office got a tip that Bilyeu was on Catfish Trail in Lowgap. The Twin County Task Force teamed up with the sheriff’s office for that search and located Bilyeu in a residence.
For the original search in December, Grandy Nester was charged with two counts of trafficking in meth and maintaining a drug dwelling. For the Jan. 12 chase, he was charged with two counts of trafficking meth by possession and by transport, felony fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving and driving while license revoked.
When he was captured Jan. 25, Nester allegedly was carrying 92 grams of meth, 15 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia (such as plastic bags and hypodermic needles). That added more charges to his count.
He was placed in the Surry County Detention Center and held under a $500,000 bond
Nester had a court date on Wednesday for 26 charges, but a note on the court file states that court system needed Nester’s fingerprints processed. Nester next has a court date for April 26.
Mandy Nester was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of stolen firearm (the Springfield .45 caliber handgun), felony maintaining a drug dwelling, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She received a $50,000 secured bond.
Jeffcoat was charged with two counts trafficking in meth, maintaining a drug dwelling, felony possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Jeffcoat was also served with an outstanding warrant for arrest charging her with possession of stolen goods. She received a $176,000 secured bond. Her court date is May 9.
J Emory Tucker Hooker, 20, of Morton Lane, Claudville, Virginia, was charged with felony possession of a handgun with the serial number removed. He received a $10,000 secured bond, with a court date of March 22.
Joshua Michael Walton, 30, of Heath Church Road, Lexington, was charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle (the 2011 Impala), felony possession of meth, felony maintaining a drug vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of marijuana. He received a $55,000 secured bond and a March 22 court date.
Walton also has a court date for April 13 in Davidson County on charges of breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, and attempting to obtain property through false pretense.
Dawson, 26, was arrested and charged with resisting a public officer for allegedly running from the Jeep and two counts trafficking meth by possession and by transporting. He has court dates of March 24 and May 24.
Bilyeu, 31, of Fred Atkinson Lane, was charged with two counts trafficking meth and an outstanding parole violaion. She received a $150,000 bond for the drug charges, but was held without bond because of the parole issue. She has a March 22 court date. The sheriff noted that Bilyeu also has gone under the aliases of Amber Rose and Amber Martin.
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