In December of 2018, we began an investigation into the Trafficking of Methamphetamine in Ashe County that has originated from the Lansing home of 45 year old Drew Hoffman.
“This investigation was our highest priority when coming into office. Our officers combined with our local SBI agents dedicated every spare moment of their time for 5 months to eliminate an artery in the flow of Methamphetamine. It really shows how hard our narcotics detectives work to help make our communities cleaner”. – Sheriff B. Phil Howell
Our Narcotics Detectives began the investigation in December and ended with a traffic stop on May 4th by Lt. Tony Blevins. The investigation combined with the traffic stop resulted in approximately 1.9 pounds (875 grams) of Crystal Methamphetamine being seized by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office. The street value of 1.9 pounds of Crystal Meth is $105,000. We believe this is the largest amount of Methamphetamine physically seized in Ashe County under one investigation. A loaded 9mm handgun and over $6,000 were also seized.
Drew Hastings Hoffman Jr. was arrested on May 4th and currently being held in the Ashe County Detention Center under a bond of $782,500.00. Hoffman was charged with the following 13 felony charges:
(1) Trafficking by Transport of more than 400 grams
(1) Trafficking more than 400 grams
(2) Trafficking in Methamphetamine
(1) Possession of Firearm by Felon
(2) Possession with Intent to Sell & Deliver Meth
(2) Possession of Methamphetamine
(2) Sell Methamphetamine
(2) Deliver Methamphetamine
This investigation was a team effort by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation that were assisted by the Jefferson Police Department, Boone Police Department, Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, Wilkesboro Police Department and the North Wilkesboro Police Department.
“It is our job as your law enforcement collective to rid Ashe County of as much of this harmful drug as we can. This drug ruins lives and families. A STRONG word of caution to anyone considering selling any controlled substance. We have zero tolerance for this crime. When we find out about your activities, its only a matter of time before blue lights are behind you or we are knocking on your door.” – Chief Deputy Danny Houck