History & Mission
Illegal and prescription drug abuse was a top concern for Alexander County when Sheriff Chris Bowman took office. History and experience has shown that most other criminal activity (larceny, breaking & entering, fraud, etc.) have a strong correlation to the drug abuse problem an area is experiencing. To combat this ever-growing problem, Sheriff Bowman formed the Narcotics Enforcement division in 2010. Currently the Sheriff’s Office employs one full-time Narcotics Enforcement officer who is assisted by several part-time officers, with the primary duties of investigating alleged and suspected drug abuse cases and bringing forth charges against those involved. As the drug problem will continue to be a growing concern for the citizens of Alexander County, Sheriff Bowman hopes to increase the workforce of the division in the future.
Currently, Deputy Kelly Ward serves as the full-time officer assigned to the Narcotics Division. Deputy Ward has been employed by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office since 2009 and has demonstrated a strong drive and commitment to enforcing the drug laws of North Carolina. Deputy Ward has attended specialized training to equip him with the skill set necessary to effectively investigate drug offenses.
The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office takes a strong stance against drug abuse in Alexander County and encourages all citizens to become involved in the enforcement of such laws.
Reporting Suspected Illegal Drug Activity
If you have information about drugs being sold, purchased, or abused in Alexander County, you are asked to contact the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-4658. If you would like to make an anonymous report of drug activity you may call the Alexander County Crime Stopper’s TIP LINE at 828-632-8555 (all calls are anonymous, you don’t have to give your name).