29-year-old Jamie Dawn Hill and 36-year-old Joseph Watson Perrigan, both of the same address on Pilch Road in Troutman, have both been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers. They were each charged with felony counts of manufacturing marijuana and maintaining a dwelling or place to sell or use a controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count each for possession of drug paraphernalia. Both suspects also face two misdemeanor counts for child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile by neglect. Hill was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. In addition, Perrigan was served with an outstanding arrest warrant and a fugitive warrant.
Also arrested was Christopher Dale Troutman, who had an outstanding warrant related to the sale of narcotics. Troutman was also found to be in possession of a schedule III controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
Events leading to their arrests began on Thursday, May 2, when Officers with the Sheriff’s Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team went to the Pilch Road residence with Investigators from the Iredell Co. Department of Social Services to look into a complaint filed by concerned citizens. Narcotics Officers were also called to the scene and a search warrant was issued. The search turned up a marijuana growing operation in the home. Additional drug paraphernalia and contraband were also found.
Two small children were present in the residence during the search. The Department of Social Services took both children into custody for their safety and well-being.
Hill, Perrigan, and Troutman were all taken into custody and charged. Hill's bond was set at $5,000, secured, while Perrigan was given a $106,000 secured bond. No bond information was listed for Troutman. Hill and Perrigan are currently incarcerated at the Iredell Co. Detention Center awaiting trial.
Because young children were present in the home, Narcotics Officers continued to work with Social Services. Investigators received conformation that the children, who are three months old and 1.5 years old, were exposed to several different illegal narcotics. On Tuesday, May 14, Detectives filed child abuse charges against Hill and Perrigan. Both suspects were given an additional $30,000 secured bond.
Hill will appear in court on the drug charges on May 21, while Perrigan has an appearance scheduled for July 1. Both suspects are due in court on the child abuse charges on June 3. Troutman has a court date on felony and misdemeanor drug charges coming up on May 22.