Ex-Ronda commissioner, husband face drug charges

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WILKES COUNTY, N.C. — A former Ronda town commissioner and her husband have been arrested on several drug offenses, authorities stated.

Holly Wood Staley, 45, who lives in the Roaring River community, and her husband, Bobby Staley, 42, each were charged with two counts of trafficking in opium or heroin, court records show.

Holly and Bobby Staley also were charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance and many other drug-possession offenses, the records show.

Holly Staley was elected as a town commissioner in Ronda in 2005, and she resigned her seat in November 2009, according to news reports and the Wilkes County Board of Elections. Holly Staley is the daughter of Manuel Wood, a former Ronda town commissioner.

She was being held Friday in the Buncombe County Jail in Asheville with no bond allowed, the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office said.

Bobby Staley was being held Friday in the Wilkes County Jail with his bond set at $150,000, the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office said.

They are scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 18.

Credit: The Winston-Salem Journal