In September 2020, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into Joshua Warren McDowell. During the course of the investigation undercover purchases of suspected heroin were made from McDowell.
After receiving the NC State Crime Laboratory analysis back, the lab analysis revealed that McDowell had sold a deadly combination of controlled substances which included a mixture of heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine to the undercover investigator.
On July 6, 2021, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Investigators testified before the Jackson County Superior Court Grand Jury, where the Grand Jury returned a True Bill of Indictment on McDowell for sell and/or deliver heroin, possession with intent to manufacture sell and/or deliver heroin, sell and/or deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture sell and/or deliver methamphetamine, sell and/or deliver cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture sell and/or deliver cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On July 13, 2021, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, during a routine traffic stop in the Savannah
Community, arrested McDowell on the outstanding indictments, a parole violation from the Division of Community Corrections, and a Child Support Order. McDowell was placed in the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center with no bond for the parole violation, a $45,000.00 secured bond for the Grand Jury Indictment, and a $750 Child Support Purge amount.