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Joint Release from Union Coun­ty Sher­iff and Union Coun­ty State’s Attorney

March 19, 2018

Sher­iff and State’s Attor­ney Rec­og­nize Deputy for Drug and Gun Seizure

Union Coun­ty Sher­iff Scott Harvel and Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds today rec­og­nized Deputy Josh Schild­knecht for his work on a 2017 traf­fic stop which result­ed in two sen­tences to prison for drug dis­tri­b­u­tion and the seizure of metham­phet­a­mine, guns and more than $23,000 in drug mon­ey.  In Jan­u­ary 2017, Deputy Schild­knecht respond­ed to a call on Old Cape Road in rur­al Jones­boro regard­ing an ATV oper­at­ing on the road­way.  After locat­ing and pur­su­ing the ATV, Schild­knecht obtained infor­ma­tion regard­ing pos­si­ble drug activ­i­ty and obtained a search war­rant for a motorhome parked just off the road­way.  The sub­se­quent search result­ed in the seizure of metham­phet­a­mine, cannabis, five firearms and cash.  Two offend­ers were sen­tenced to prison and the pro­ceeds of the for­fei­tures will be used to fund ongo­ing anti-drug pro­grams in Union County.

Sher­iff Harvel rec­og­nized Deputy Schildknecht’s extra­or­di­nary efforts which “led to the appre­hen­sion of a dan­ger­ous indi­vid­ual and the seizure of drugs and guns that would have direct­ly affect­ed the safe­ty of the com­mu­ni­ty”  and not­ed that Schildknecht’s actions “reflect the high­est stan­dard of con­duct for the Law Enforce­ment Pro­fes­sion and brings great cred­it to the Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office”.  State’s Attor­ney Edmonds added that “Deputy Schildknecht’s quick think­ing and deci­sive actions led to a sig­nif­i­cant quan­ti­ty of drugs, drug mon­ey and ille­gal guns com­ing off our streets and to the sen­tenc­ing of two drug deal­ers to prison.  He and the entire Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office deserve cred­it for a job well done.”

(Left to Right) State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds, Sher­iff Scott Harvel, Deputy Josh Schild­knecht, Detec­tive Asa Busby

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