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Gainesville woman arrested for eight felonies
Teresa Joy Stiltner

One Gainesville resident faces eight felonies and multiple misdemeanors after authorities caught her with illicit substances and a firearm she wasn’t supposed to have. 

Teresa Joy Stiltner, 53, was recently arrested by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office under felony charges including possession of a schedule II controlled substance; three counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm during commission of a crime; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and two counts of possession of drugs within guard lines. 

Stiltner’s misdemeanor charges include drug related objects, drugs in original container and driving charges related to no registration, driving with a suspended license, DUI and failure to maintain lane. 

A K9 deputy who was a part of DCSO’s Crime Suppression Unit stopped Stiltner’s car along Kelly Bridge Road in the early evening of Nov. 4. She admitted to the deputy that she had smoked methamphetamine before driving, according to a DCSO Facebook post from Nov. 13. Stiltner was subsequently arrested at about 7 p.m.

According to multiple warrants, she had 22 Tramadol pills and an unspecified number of Alprazolam pills, with neither medication in their original container. Officers recovered a smoking device with suspected meth inside and a digital scale.

Another warrant stated they found several needles for injecting drugs inside of Stiltner’s purse. Two of the needles contained suspected liquid meth. 

During the encounter, Stiltner admitted to officers that she sold narcotics. The warrants for firearm possession stated that Stiltner had a Taurus G2C 9 mm. pistol on her when she was apprehended. 

One of those warrants also stated that she had previously been convicted of meth possession and burglary in the second degree six years ago in Forsyth County.

Stiltner also had active warrants for her arrest out of Forsyth Co.  

After arriving at the Dawson County Detention Center the night of Nov. 3, Stiltner was caught with 19 Alprazolam pills and numerous individually-wrapped bags of meth. 

No bond has been set for Stiltner, and she remains in custody.