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Newest addition to Cherokee Co. Sheriff's Office proving invaluable in the war on drugs

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CHEROKEE COUNTY, NC (WRCB) - A recent addition to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office is proving to be a valuable asset in the fight against drug activity. Ajax, a black labrador retriever has already helped officers uncover drugs and make arrests in Cherokee County.

January 17th, Ajax and his K9 handler Sgt. Cunningham answered a call from the Murphy Police Department involving a traffic stop with suspected illegal drugs in the vehicle.  Ajax and Sgt. Cunningham were able to locate and seize a sizeable amount of Methamphetamine and Oxycodone.   The suspect Christopher Skaggs was arrested and taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center where he posted a $5,000.00 secure bond and is awaiting a February 11th court date.

The first weekend in January a large amount of illegal drugs guns and cash were seized from a residence in Cherokee County.  Through Ajax's drug sniffing capabilities the seized cash was linked to the seized drugs. Through the federal forfeiture program the cash will eventually be surrendered to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office to help continue the fight against those who use and deal in illegal drugs in and around Cherokee County.

Sheriff Palmer stated “Ajax is proving to be a invaluable tool in our arsenal to weed out the drug dealers in Cherokee County.”

Sheriff Palmer encourages any one that has information to report it. To report crime in Cherokee County you can call the anonymous tip line at 828-837-1344 or email a tip at or call 911 if you observe a crime in progress.
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