Sheriff Derrick Palmer of Cherokee County Sheriff's Office announced the November 9 arrests of 31-year-old Matthew Wondra of Andrews, North Carolina and 20-year-old Katelyn Helmick of Sylvania, Georgia for controlled substance violations and being fugitives from justice. 

Cherokee County Sheriff's Office received information that a female was selling controlled substances at a local convenience store.

Deputies went to the area and were able to locate the vehicle that Helmick and Wondra were occupying at the time. 

During the investigation, a search of the vehicle and persons of Helmick and Wondra recovered controlled substances, paraphernalia and "U.S. currency." 

Additionally, a wants and warrant check of both Helmick and Wondra revealed they were wanted in Georgia in connection with a major theft investigation. 

Katelyn Helmick was arrested and taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center where she was incarcerated for the following:

  • Punishment for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture
  • Maintain place controlled substance
  • Possess schedule II controlled substance
  • Extradition/fugitive other states
  • Possess marijuana up to 1/2 oz
  • Simple possession schedule IV controlled substance
  • Possess drug paraphernalia.

"I want to commend the deputies on this arrest. They were diligent and pursued the investigation and not only took dangerous drugs off the street but also located wanted fugitives. I would like to add that from this investigation we can follow leads that will further our fight against the distribution of illegal substances in Cherokee County," said Sheriff Derrick Palmer.