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Deputies crack down on cocaine dealing

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigators are on the hunt for drug dealers who have recently been selling illegal substances, including cocaine, at a convenience store parking lot in southern Lincoln County.

Two arrests were made Monday, and deputies expect to charge more individuals in the future, Sheriff’s Office authorities told the Times-News on Wednesday.

Deputies charged 21-year-old Cassey Leigh Tutterow, of 519 Katherine Avenue in Kings Mountain, and 43-year-old Terry Lamar Brice, of 714 Henry Avenue in Gastonia, after investigators said they witnessed the two making a cocaine exchange in the parking lot of Handy Howard’s Convenience Store, near High Shoals.

The two were in separate vehicles during the exchange and are accused of buying and selling 10 grams of powder cocaine, authorities said.

Deputies set up a surveillance operation in the area Monday night after receiving numerous complaints about drug activity at the business, which they said was a common meeting place for the suspects to sell cocaine.

Both suspects have been charged with two felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance along with one felony count each of conspiracy and conspiracy to distribute cocaine. They each additionally face a misdemeanor charge for possession of drug paraphernalia. Brice alone faces a fourth felony charge for maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for a controlled substance, authorities said.

Brice has since been released on a $30,000 secured bond. Tutterow currently remains behind bars under a $22,000 secured bond.

According to the North Carolina Department of Correction website, Tutterow was convicted in June of committing felony larceny in the county one year earlier.

Brice                                     Tutterow

JENNA-LEY HARRISON

Staff Writer

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