Narcotics Unit arrests two, seizes 102 grams of meth in Piedmont


Deputies with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit have recently executed search warrants on three residences in Anderson County and resulting in five arrests. The warrants were obtained after deputies made controlled purchases of illegal drugs at all three locations.

A search warrant was served on Tuesday, October 6, at 6 Haynes Street in Piedmont which resulted in the arrest of Krista Leann Burgess, 29, and Melissa Lynn Gautier, 39. The Sheriff’s Office had received previous complaints regarding drug activity at this location. Narcotics officers seized 102 grams of methamphetamine, $2100 in cash, four firearms and a large cache of ammunition.

Both Burgess and Gautier were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance. Burgess remains incarcerated on a $175,000 surety bond; Gautier has been released on an $80,000 bond.

A search warrant was served on Thursday, October 7, at 2547 Belhaven Road in Anderson which resulted in the arrest of Shemika Alfrida Parson-Williams, 20, and Dantarna Juwond Thompson, 24. Officers seized 78 grams of methamphetamine and a small quantify of marijuana.

On Oct. 1, a search warrant was served at 1436 Whiten Road in Belton which resulted in the arrest of James Lewis Cordtz, 37, and the seizure of 3.5 grams of methamphetamine and a Smith & Wesson handgun.

Cordtz was arrested and charged with manufacturing/possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He has since been released on bond from the Anderson County Detention Center.