Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators rooted out at least two more alleged drug offenders this week in two separate busts and plan to execute more arrests in the near future.
On Wednesday, officers apprehended James William Edwards Jr., 26, of 340 John Logan Lane in Gastonia, after they purchased two pounds of marijuana from him during an undercover buy in central Lincoln County, an agency press release said.
They also seized nearly $2,500 in cash from the incident and valued the illegal marijuana at between $1,600 and $2,000, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Officers placed Edwards under a $20,000 secured bond and charged him with one felony count each of possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, selling and delivering a schedule VI controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling/vehicle for a controlled substance.
Lt. Jason Reid, head of the narcotics division, confirmed in the press release that future arrests would result from the ongoing investigation.
Narcotics investigators also arrested a Maiden teen Tuesday after the suspect sold marijuana to the officers on more than one occasion earlier this year, Reid said.
Robert Marshall Beal Jr., 18, of 3997 Koliha Lane, faces one felony count each of possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana along with two felony counts each of selling and delivering marijuana and conspiracy, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies additionally served the suspect warrants for misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to ½ ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was placed under an $8,500 secured bond.
Both men have since been released from the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center.
The narcotics division apprehends roughly 75 suspected drug dealers a year, Reid said.