A man and his teen stepson have been charged with possessing nearly five pounds of marijuana inside their northern Lincoln County home, deputies said.
The bust occurred at a Benny Shrum Lane residence near the Lincoln-Catawba County line following a more than six-month long investigation, narcotics investigators said.
Deputies issued a search warrant at the residence Monday afternoon, locating between four and five pounds of the illegal substance along with cash, scales and other paraphernalia.
John Russell Haynes, 37, and Anthony Armando Tenorio, 16, both of 3915 Benny Shrum Lane, were charged in the incident.
Both individuals face one count each of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule VI controlled substance.
Haynes faces an additional count of maintaining a dwelling/vehicle for a controlled substance.
Neighbor Chris Weaver said Monday’s arrests didn’t surprise him and knew something suspicious had been going on next door for some time. Weaver and his family said they often spotted people hanging out at a small storehouse behind the suspects’ home.
Investigators said they did not, however, locate any drugs or illegal items inside the storehouse during their search.
Major Lee Caskey called the raid another successful effort carried out by the agency’s “hardworking” narcotics officers.
“We are out in force,” Caskey said, “and we will get you. We are striving to put all drug dealers in Lincoln County in jail — that’s our mission — or at least as many as we can put behind bars.”
The recent drug arrests are evidence of Sheriff David Carpenter’s push for a proactive narcotics unit, whether arrests come by way of seasonal roundups or periodic busts.
“We have been very successful with the roundups we’ve executed over the last 31 months,” Narcotics Lieutenant Jason Reid said, “and they’ve had a profound impact on the community and drug flow in Lincoln County. However, with the personnel and training Sheriff David Carpenter has provided to our agency, officers are expected to be continuously productive.”
An investigation into the incident is ongoing, and more arrests are expected to occur.
Each suspect has since been released from the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center, Tenorio on a $25,000 secured bond and Haynes on a $30,000 secured bond.