A man authorities say is one of the biggest drug suppliers in western Lincoln County was arrested late last week.
The arrest came after Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Office received a tip, Chief Deputy Ronnie Matthews said.
â€œWe received information from a Lincoln County Department of Social Services worker that there may be drug activity at that residence,â€ he said.
Sgt. Danny Eastridge and Deputy Matt Wise went to the home of Jimmy Dean Black at 6868 Holly Hawk Court. They got consent to search the residence and found 35 pounds of marijuana, Matthews said.
The drugs had been sealed to eliminate odor, Matthews said.
â€œIt was packaged and ready to re-sell,â€ he said.
Sheriffâ€™s narcotics officers were called in after the discovery and found another 25 pounds of drugs at a rental house owned by Black on N.C. 10, Matthews said.
Investigators say Black was using that home as a â€œstackhouse,â€ which is a place to keep drugs.
The bust is a big one for Lincoln County, Matthews said.
â€œHe was a major supplier of marijuana in the western end of Lincoln County,â€ he said.
Black reportedly told officials that he was buying $14,000 worth of marijuana a week and then re-selling it, Matthews said.
The drugs found have a street value of about $110,000, according to detectives.
Black is charged with trafficking by possession of marijuana and maintaining a dwelling to keep controlled substances.
His bond was set $20,000.
by Alice Smith