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Children taken by DSS after drug bust

 

Three children under the age of 10 were removed from a residence in north-central Lincoln County, and placed under the care of Social Services on Friday, after Sheriff’s narcotics officers arrested a man and woman at the home for alleged cocaine possession.

Following the drug arrests, Lincoln County DSS surrendered the one, four and eight-year-old children to family members, deputies said.

Around 5:30 a.m., both the narcotics and SWAT teams raided the residence, located near the Lincoln-Catawba County line on the 3500 block of Seminole Drive in Maiden, said Sheriff’s Office authorities.

Deputies arrested Adrian Bernard McLean, 25, and Adrienne Nicole Fletcher, 27, on a slew of  charges, many of which were drug-related, officers said.

The suspects were each booked under a $150,000 secured bond.

Fletcher faces one felony count each of possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, possession of cocaine, conspiracy to sell and deliver cocaine and conspiracy to traffic cocaine, according to a press release.

McLean was charged with one felony count each of attempt and conspiracy, conspiracy, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance, trafficking in cocaine, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule VI controlled substance.

Both suspects were also charged for allegedly maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, deputies said.

In addition, McLean was hit with possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor charges for failure to store a weapon to protect a minor, child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after deputies discovered a gun and crack and powder cocaine inside the home.

Authorities also seized vehicles, multiple cell phones and $15,000 in cash during a search of the residence.

While Fletcher has no criminal history listed on the North Carolina Department of Correction Website, McLean has at least two felonies to his name, both of which stemmed from offenses in Lincoln County.

In 2006 and 2007, NC DOC showed that he was found guilty of two separate instances of possessing a schedule II substance and even spent at least eight months in prison for one of the convictions.

McLean was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon in each incident.

Both Fletcher and McLean have since been released from the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center.

JENNA-LEY HARRISON, Staff Writer

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