Drug Bust in Estatoe

Thirty-year old John Oscar Bradford  was arrested on January 6 by the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department and charged with multiple drug offenses. Captain Rick Wiseman led five other officers and K-9 officer Kivo as they executed a search warrant at Bradford’s home at 140 Laurel Ridge Road in Spruce Pine. Wiseman got the search warrant by following a person he knew did not live in that area to Oak Avenue in Spruce Pine. Then Wiseman and Officer Beam got the person to admit that he had just purchased an ounce of marijuana from Bradford and had on several occasions. At the residence the officers found marijuana, cocaine,  other drugs and paraphernalia, arrested Bradford and charged him with:


Sell/Deliver Schedule VI (Marijuana)

PWIMSD Schedule VI

Possess Marijuana Paraphernalia

PWIMSD Schedule I (Psilocybin)

Felony Possession Schedule I

Possess Drug Paraphernalia 3 counts

Felony Possession Schedule II

Court Date: 1-27-2021

Bond: $30,000