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5/13/2019 10:11:00 AM
Virginia Women Facing Drug Charges
Had their kids with them while trafficking drugs
(L-R) Autumn Danielle Hurley and Amanda Renae Watson(Photos Courtesy Cleveland County Sheriff's Office)
(L-R) Autumn Danielle Hurley and
Amanda Renae Watson

(Photos Courtesy Cleveland County Sheriff's Office)

Cleveland County Sheriff's
Office Press Release

On the afternoon of Friday May 10th, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested two Virginia women for trafficking 2.1 pounds of methamphetamine found while investigating a suspicious vehicle near 123 Battleground Rd., Grover.

Deputy Matthew Morgan made contact with what he initially believed to be a distressed family on the side of the road. Two women were traveling with their four young children in a Dodge Journey SUV displaying a Virginia license plate. While speaking with the women, the deputy alerted to the smell of marijuana. Further investigation revealed the methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $30,000. Additionally, $6,070 in cash was seized. Deputies also found 20 grams of marijuana and eight Xanax pills.

The two Virginia residents, Autumn Danielle Hurley and Amanda Renae Watson, both 32, were charged with misdemeanor Child Abuse for trafficking narcotics with their children, from 17 months to 12 years-old, in the vehicle.

Charges against the two were:

  • Trafficking Methamphetamine by Possession
  • Trafficking Methamphetamine by Transport
  • Possession with Intent to Manufacture Precursor- Methamphetamine
  • Misdemeanor Child Abuse
  • Possession of Marijuana (Less than one-half ounce)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance (Xanax)

Both were jailed under a $250,000 secured bond.

Sheriff Alan Norman said, “This incident exemplifies the great work being done by our deputies. Deputy Morgan initially stopped to check on what he thought was a family in need of help. Instead, what he found were two drug mules. The four children with them were definitely in need of rescue. To those who think drug use, transport, and sales are victimless crimes, I would respond that these children are absolute victims of the drug trade. They were exposed to great danger, and are now in the custody of Child Protective Services, because of their mothers’ choices. Each time a drug trafficker makes a delivery to a dealer, the prospect of robbery or other violence is high. Fortunately, because of our deputies’ great work, that exposure to violence is no longer a possibility for those children.”

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