A 37-year-old Gilford man was detained Dec. 23, 2018, on several drug charges after police discovered drugs in the rental vehicle he was driving. He was stopped for a routine traffic violation when a drug dog that was accompanying the officer alerted the police to possible drugs after an "open-air search" of the vehicle. Police then conducted a full search of the car.
On Dec. 18, a North Carolina man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for dealing methamphetamine. He was also sentenced to five years of supervised release.
Authorities in North Carolina say that a 50-year-old man and 38-year-old woman who were both on probation for drug offenses manufactured methamphetamine in their home. The couple was living in the basement of a relative's home in Cleveland County according to media reports. They have both been charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell or manufacture and are being held on $100,000 bonds at the Cleveland County Detention Center.
A 41-year-old North Carolina woman lost her job and was taken into police custody after allegedly lacing a co-worker's coffee with methamphetamine. The woman faces felony counts of drug possession and contaminating food and drink. Reports indicate that she has been released from the Catawba County jail, strongly asserts her innocence and plans to mount a vigorous defense.
Police in North Carolina took two men into custody on the morning of Sept. 11 who they believe were responsible for distributing significant quantities of methamphetamine throughout Caldwell County. The men were arrested after members of the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office SWAT team conducted a search of their Lenoir residence. Narcotics officers from the Lenoir Police Department were also dispatched to the scene on Northwest Hillside Street according to reports.
North Carolina residents may have heard about the arrests of 13 people for a variety of drug and weapons offenses in the eastern part of the state. Twelve of those arrested were indicted on federal charges. In a press conference on August 1, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that 12 people had been charged in connection with a multi-agency operation led by the FBI.
An informant communicating with a 21-year-old man on Facebook connected police in Raleigh with evidence used to arrest him and one of his triplet brothers for an alleged drug operation. The informant arranged for the man to sell him 1,000 counterfeit Xanax bars. After buying the pills, police kept the drugs as evidence and later arrested the two men. Authorities charged the brothers with possessing and selling Xanax pills. Police suspected some of the pills contained the powerful narcotic fentanyl. The third brother had been arrested previously on charges of trafficking heroin or opium.
The small North Carolina town of Godwin was the site of a rather large cocaine and crack distribution scheme. However, the men operating the drug ring have been convicted and sentenced, according to a June 21 announcement from the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
On May 24, North Carolina law enforcement officers made a major drug bust on Interstate 85. According to authorities, drug traffickers commonly use I-85 to transport drugs from Atlanta to Rowan County.
From May 4 to 6, North Carolina authorities raided a number of bars, restaurants and clubs across the state in an effort to deter violence. The operation led to the arrest of more than 130 people, many of them on drug charges.