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Chief deputy's wife arrested for trafficking opiates

Amanda Taylor (Facebook)

TRENTON, Jones County - The wife of a high-ranking Jones County Sheriff's Office official is in jail, charged with participating in the trafficking of narcotics.

Amanda Taylor, 42, was arrested last Thursday in Jones County and is charged with two felony counts of trafficking opium or heroin, felony conspiracy to traffic opium or heroin and felony accessory after the fact. She is the wife of Jones County Deputy Chief Matthew Wineman.

Jones County Sheriff Danny Heath tells NewsChannel 12 his office called in the State Bureau of Investigation to handle the inquiry once Taylor's involvement was discovered. She is accused of transporting more than 28 grams of opiates June 20 in connection with 37-year-old Michael Foley.

Foley, along with Daniel Nyberg, were arrested on June 20 by the Morehead City Police Department on charges tied to stealing more than 12,000 pills from the Kmart pharmacy in Morehead City.

Taylor was booked into the Jones County Jail and is being held on a $500,000 bond. She made her first appearance in court on Friday and is due back in court on Sept. 22.

Heath told NewsChannel 12 Wineman was cleared "of having any knowledge of (his wife's) activities" by the SBI and remains on duty for JCSO.

According to her Facebook page, Taylor was a volunteer firefighter for the Phillips Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department.

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