Two Bakersville Residents Charged in Avery County Meth Arrests

The Avery County Sheriff’s Department has made several arrests after a two month investigation into Methamphetamine sales in the Elk Park area. Two Bakersville residents are among those arrested. Avery Sheriff Kevin Frye said that on  January 7, Maricela Lerma, age 46, and Scott Fortner, age 57, both of Bakersville, were each charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver methamphetamine. Christopher Ellis, age 25, of Lenoir, was charged January 10 with trafficking methamphetamine.

Scott Fortner

Maricela Lerma

Christopher Ellis