Two called 'large-scale' meth dealers

Both arrested after drugs found in Ashe County
Jun. 27, 2014 @ 08:35 AM

Two Caldwell County men were accused of having nearly a pound of crystal methamphetamine in Ashe County Monday evening.

Rocky Oran Sigmon, 37, of Oran Yount Lane in Granite Falls and Christopher Everet Triplett, 34, of Mount Herman Heights in Hudson had been under investigation for about a month, Ashe Sheriff James Williams said. Deputies knew both would be in the area and saw them on N.C. 194 near Warrensville around 6 p.m. Monday driving a Dodge pickup.

After being chased a short distance, the two abandoned the truck and ran off, Williams said. As they ran, he said, Triplett threw a gallon zipper baggie filled with what investigators later determined was methamphetamine. The two were caught a short time later and arrested.

Triplett and Sigmon were each charged with trafficking in methamphetamine. Bond for each was set at $500,000 secured. They were still being held in the Ashe County jail on Thursday.

Williams said Sigmon and Triplett were known to be large-scale methamphetamine distributers in Ashe County.

Detective David Barbour of the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said Sigmon was known in Caldwell County as a "high-level drug dealer." Sigmon was convicted in 2009 on charges of trafficking in cocaine and opium.

Triplett has no previous drug convictions in North Carolina. He was convicted in 2008 of felony second-degree kidnapping.