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Four more charged in police drug roundup

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

 
Four more suspects have been charged in connection with Lincolnton Police’s drug round-up for the year. Starting early last month, authorities sought-after close to 100 individuals wanted on nearly 400 charges in a 16-day operation headed by local police but aided by various law enforcement agencies in the region including Lincoln County, Newton, Gaston County, Mecklenburg County and Rockingham, among others.
The effort, called “16 Days of Christmas,” yielded more than 50 arrests through Dec. 20, with additional arrests occurring daily.
Particular individuals on the wanted list are serving prison sentences in state correctional facilities and will be charged at a later date, authorities have said.
The investigation’s undercover operations took place March through October. Prior undercover operations, including those carried out by the Sheriff’s Office this past year, aided police in locating suspects.
The following individuals were recently apprehended in the round-up:
Misty Dawn Davis, 30, of 6567 Beam Lumber Rd. in Vale was charged Dec. 27 with one-count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to manufacture/sell/distribute a schedule VI controlled substance. No bond was set. She has since been released.
Geovanny Marcelino Hernandez, 20, of 1330 Highland Bluff Ct. in Lincolnton has been charged with two-counts of possession with intent to manufacture a schedule I controlled substance and one-count each of sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling/vehicle for a controlled substance. He’s since been released on a $3,000 secured bond.
William Darely Rodriguez, 25, of 3941 English Oak Dr. in Lincolnton has been charged with two-counts each of possession with intent to sell/deliver a counterfeit controlled substance and sell or deliver a counterfeit controlled substance. He’s since been released on a $10,000 secured bond.
Keith Allen Tester, 40, of 308 S. Poplar St. in Lincolnton was charged Dec. 28 with one felony count of trafficking opium, and a criminal summons for larceny. He’s since been released on a $25,000 secured bond.

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