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Cocaine trafficking charges for ex-convict

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

Deputies and city police joined with North Carolina Probation and Parole officers this week to execute search warrants at three area residences, resulting in the arrest of an alleged cocaine dealer and two-time convicted felon.
Following an undercover investigation that commenced in February, authorities probed homes Monday afternoon at 615 Car Farm Road, 1661 Cloudburst Circle and 134 Mauney Drive, where they said they arrested 28-year-old Robbie Lee Caldwell on five counts of trafficking in cocaine.
He’s accused of possessing the illegal drug during an undercover buy purchase initiated by narcotics investigators in March, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.
Inside the home on Car Farm Road, investigators said they located nearly $2,000 in cash and less than one ounce of marijuana. The two additional searches yielded no other seizures.
Caldwell has since been released from the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center on a $75,000 secured bond. His criminal record on the North Carolina Department of Correction website listed at least two felony convictions since 2004 for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in Catawba County and trafficking in a schedule II controlled substance in Lincoln County.
Caldwell served a more than seven-year prison sentence for the assault charge and was released from a state correctional facility in December, NC DOC showed. Additional offenses on his record included unrelated drug charges, resisting an officer and carrying a concealed weapon.
While Caldwell was the only arrest that resulted from this week’s combined law enforcement effort, which also included assistance from detectives with the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division, authorities assured the public that additional suspects would be apprehended.
“The results of the undercover operation will lead to several more arrests in the near future,” Lt. Jason Reid, head of the Sheriff’s narcotics division, said in a department press release.
The Sheriff’s Office encouraged residents to continue reporting drug activity to the Narcotics TIP line at (704) 736-8422 or (704) 736-8606.

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