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Husband and wife arrested in Monroe, 5 pounds of crystal meth seized

(Source: Union County Sheriff’s Office) (Source: Union County Sheriff’s Office)
James Ronald Helms  (Source: Union County Sheriff’s Office) James Ronald Helms (Source: Union County Sheriff’s Office)
Michelle Stilwell Helms (Source: Union Co. Sheriff's Office) Michelle Stilwell Helms (Source: Union Co. Sheriff's Office)
MONROE, NC (WBTV) -

A Monroe couple was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly trafficking meth and cocaine as well as making crystal meth.

According to the Union Union County Sheriff's Office and Monroe Police Department, James Randal Helms and Michelle Stilwell Helms were arrested in the 800 block of Rocky River Road North in Monroe.

A search warrant was reportedly issued and police K-9's were used to search the residence and outbuildings.

During the search, authorities reportedly found a large amount of cash, approximately 5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, approximately one pound of cocaine, assault rifles, handguns, and ammunition.

The crystal meth had a street value of approximately $160,000 and the cocaine had a reported street value of $24,000.

The Helms' are facing various charges for their alleged illegal drug trafficking in both methamphetamine and cocaine. Additional charges are expected to be made.

James Helms was being held under a $1,500,000 secured bond. Bond for his wife, Michelle Helms, has not been set. The Union County Sheriff's Office says she faces identical charges.

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