DOBSON — The Surry County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday the arrest of two State Road residents charged with trafficking methamphetamine.
Anselmo Lara Gutierrez, 45, of Blue Hollow Road, Mount Airy, was arrested after a July 7 vehicle stop, according to Sheriff Graham Atkinson.
The Mount Airy Police Department assisted in the arrest, Atkinson said.
Gutierrez had been under surveillance by officers, and was approached after stopping at a business on Old Highway 21 in the State Road community, Atkinson said.
“A search of the vehicle was conducted and the methamphetamine was discovered in the pocket of the driver’s side door,” Atkinson stated. The methamphetamine was a quantity of about two ounces, he said.
A search warrant was executed at Gutierrez’s home the following day.
“During the search investigators discovered approximately one pound of crystallized methamphetamine as well as more than $15,000 in cash,” Atkinson stated.
Gutierrez was charged with two counts of trafficking by possession of methamphetamine and one count each of trafficking by transportation of methamphetamine, maintaining a drug dwelling, maintaining a drug vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He is currently in the custody of the Surry County Detention Center under a $110,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 31.
According to the sheriff, Eliva Gutierrez, 39, the suspect’s wife, was charged with trafficking by possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a drug dwelling and possession of drug paraphernalia.
She also is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 31 under a $50,000 secured bond, according to the sheriff’s statement.