Correctional Sgt. arrested for involvement in heroin trafficking

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Tasha Renee Redmond

A North Carolina Dept. of Corrections-Piedmont Correctional Sergeant and two others were arrested for their involvement in a heroin trafficking operation, according to the Sheriff's Office. 

Investigators said on Thursday, October 27 they arrested Tasha Renee Redmond, 35, for multiple drug charges connected to a search warrant served at her home at 130 Vista Drive in Salisbury. 

Redmond, a 12 year employee and Sergeant with the North Carolina of Corrections-Piedmont Correctional, is charged with felonious maintaining a dwelling, possession of heroin and possession of marijuana. 

During the search of the home, investigators with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Salisbury Police Department and U.S. Department of Homeland Security discovered approximately one gram of suspected heroin, around twenty one grams of marijuana, three handguns, ammunition, $5,700 in United States currency, and drug paraphernalia.  

Redmond’s bond was set at $4,000 secured. 

Before the execution of the search warrant, investigators had stopped Jarvis Lamont Pate, aka “Star,” 35, in a vehicle on Webb Road in Salisbury. Pate was found in possession of 12 grams of heroin and 21 grams of marijuana. Pate also lived at 130 Vista Drive with Redmond and had a lengthy criminal history, including four convictions for drugs, one for voluntary manslaughter and one for felony restraint. 

Simultaneous with Pate’s traffic stop, investigations said they searched the home of Kimberly Michelle Guske, 37, at along Old Concord Road in Salisbury.  During the search, investigators discovered three grams of methamphetamine ice, scales, and other drug paraphernalia, to include used and unused needles consistent with intravenous drug use.  

Pate and Guske, who were already in the Rowan County Detention Center, were given additional charges related to the incident on October 20, 2016. 

Pate was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffick heroin by possession and is awaiting service. Guske was charged with conspiracy to traffick heroin by possession and possession of methamphetamine. Guske was placed under an additional $50,000 bond.  

The investigation is ongoing and other charges are possible, police say.