Cleveland pair jailed on drugs, weapons charges in investigation at Harrah's Casino

Allison Hope Simpson.
photo Allison Hope Simpson.

photo Matthew Edward Crackel.

Authorities say two Cleveland, Tenn., residents have been jailed on charges involving drugs and a weapon at Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino in Cherokee County, N.C.

Cherokee County Sheriff Derrick Palmer said in a statement that during a joint investigation with Cherokee Tribal Police Department landed Matthew Crackle, 32, and Alison Hope Simpson, 23, both of Cleveland, behind bars on charges related to the discovery Oct. 7 of suspected controlled substances, including marijuana, and a weapon.

A tribal officer asked for assistance at the casino Friday afternoon, Palmer said.

During the investigation a large quantity of controlled substances and a handgun were found in the vehicle Crackle and Simpson were using.