An undercover investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest of Joshua Warren McDowell, 40, of Sylva, for drug offenses, according to a release from the department.
The investigation began in September, 2020 when undercover purchases of suspected heroin were made from McDowell.
Lab analysis performed by the N.C. State Crime Laboratory revealed that McDowell had sold a dangerous combination of controlled substances, including a mixture of heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine to the undercover investigator.
On July 6, the investigators testified before the Jackson County Grand Jury, which returned a true bill of indictment on McDowell for sell and/or deliver heroin, possession with intent to manufacture sell and/or deliver heroin, sell and/or deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture sell and/or deliver methamphetamine, sell and/or deliver cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture sell and/or deliver cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On July 13, deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, during a routine traffic stop in the Savannah community, arrested McDowell on the outstanding indictments, a parole violation from the Division of Community Corrections and a child support order. McDowell was placed in the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center with no bond for the parole violation, a $45,000 secured bond for the Grand Jury Indictment, and a $750 child support purge amount.
McDowell remained in the Detention Center as of press time Wednesday morning.