Jewelry Outlet owner Duane “Jay” Ball of Sylva was arrested Friday (Aug. 7) on federal charges contained in an indictment listing 13 counts against the Main Street businessman.
Charges range from selling guns without a license to selling controlled substances.
Agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms surrounded Ball’s store, located at 648 W. Main Street, just after 9 a.m. Friday (Aug. 7).
Ball is charged with seven counts of dealing firearms without a license. These incidents occurred Nov. 16, 2013; and in 2014 on Feb. 21, March 14, June 5 and Sept. 10. On two of those dates, Ball is charged with dealing weapons while “knowing and having reasonable cause to believe that person had been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year,” the indictment states.
Ball is charged with violating five federal laws relating to firearms and narcotics.
The indictment also names Keith Hooper of Glenville. Both Hooper and Ball are charged with three counts of distributing substances containing detectable amounts of hydrocodone and/or oxycodone, according to the federal indictment filed Aug. 4.
Ball is facing three additional drug-related charges, according to the indictment.
The drugs are Schedule II controlled substances.
A section of Landis Street beside the Jewelry Outlet was closed during the arrest.
The Herald reported March 27 that three stolen firearms had been recovered by Sylva Police at Ball’s business; Ball had purchased the stolen firearms.
Ball recently filed to run for a seat on the Sylva town board but withdrew his name before the filing deadline.
Both Ball and Hooper are free on a $25,000 unsecured bond.
Docket call on their cases is Aug. 24 at 9 a.m. in Asheville before U.S. District Court Judge Martin Reidinger.