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McDowell County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday September 14th, 2022 :: 10:00 a.m. EDT


Marion Couple Charged with Drug Trafficking

Deputy Matthew Smith with the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged 34-year old Justin Wayne Ewart of Marion with two counts of Trafficking in Methamphetamine and numerous other drug charges. A Magistrate issued Ewart a $215,000 secured bond.

Deputy Smith also charged 33-year-old Kayla Lynn Smith of Marion with one count of Trafficking in Methamphetamine and numerous other drug charges.  A Magistrate issued Smith a $75,000 secured bond.

On August 17th Deputy Smith stopped the couple’s vehicle on US 221N in the North Cove community for multiple traffic violations. Ewart did not have a valid driver's license and a search of the vehicle turned up 75 grams of methamphetamine.

"Great job by Deputy Matt Smith." "Proud of him and all our deputies efforts in getting this poison off our streets and out of our communities," states Sheriff Ricky Buchanan.


McDowell County Sheriff's Office
593 Spaulding Rd
Marion, NC 28752

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