The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department, working with the Drug Enforcement Administration, arrested three individuals Tuesday, Dec. 5, at a residence approximately five miles east of Jacksonville.

CCSD officers executed a controlled substance warrant at the home of Arla Phelps, 43, of Jacksonville, on County Road 1409. During the execution of the warrant, law enforcement officers confiscated more than six grams of a substance believed to be methamphetamine, a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana, six firearms and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.

Phelps, Kevin Langston, 26, of Maydelle and Adam Rocha, 24, of Jacksonville were arrested at the scene and charged with the manufacture or delivery of a substance in Penalty Group I – four grams or more but less than 200 grams. The charge is a first-degree felony.

According to CCSD Chief Deputy Johnathan Rhodes, the drugs confiscated had a total value of well over $1,000.

“People involved in the manufacture and delivery of drugs commonly take weapons for trade to purchase drugs. They are known to use the weapons to protect their investments and in the commission of further crimes,” Rhodes said.

The controlled substance warrant was issued by Cherokee County District Judge Dwight Phifer. Justice of the Peace for Precinct No. 1 Brenda Dominy set bonds for Phelps and Langston at $100,000 and for Rocha at $40,000.

“Our initial investigation shows that the three individuals are possibly business associates,” Rhodes said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, all three suspects were still in custody at the Cherokee County Jail.

The arrests were the result of a several week investigation conducted by CCSD and the DEA.

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