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SWAT team aids in pot bust



Staff Writer


The Lincoln County Sheriff’s tactical team assisted narcotics investigators Wednesday night in busting down the door to a Lincolnton residence, arresting one man for marijuana possession, deputies said.

Officers issued a search warrant around 9:30 p.m. at 206 Turner Street with SWAT by their side due to the “high-risk” nature of the incident, narcotics investigators told the Times-News.

Deputies arrested Darrell Eugene Friday, 25, of 121 Mill Court in Lincolnton, and placed him under an $11,000 secured bond.

He’s since been released but faces multiple drug-related charges including one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling/vehicle for a controlled substance along with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Investigators remained tight-lipped about the amount of marijuana seized and further case details.

Two other individuals were inside the residence with Friday at the time of the incident but were not charged, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Friday has a felony drug conviction on his record from 2009 for possessing a schedule II controlled substance in the county, the North Carolina Department of Correction website showed. He was additionally found guilty of carrying a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor offense, in connection with the same incident, according to NCDOC.

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