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Sheriff’s Office: 8.5 grams of meth seized from trailer south of Lincolnton

Thomas Ford, Ronnie Sealey

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

Deputies located marijuana and more than 8 grams of methamphetamine inside a trailer this week on Laboratory Road, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies had gone to 1408 Laboratory Road, Trailer 10, to follow-up on an unrelated case when they located the drugs, according to an agency press release.

Officers said they first searched the residence on Wednesdsay, seizing 8.5 grams of the toxic substance.

They also located drug paraphernalia, the release said.

A second search of the home took place the following day, resulting in the seizure of a small amount of marijuana, deputies said.

Probation and Parole officers were also on-hand for Thursday’s search.

A surveillance camera was additonally found attached to the outside of the residence, deputies said.

Resident Thomas Harrison Andrew Ford, 33, and Ronnie Michael Sealey, 35, of 2084 Bison Trail in Lincolnton, were charged in the incident.

Ford faces two counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.

Ford is also accused of three counts of probation violation, deputies said.

His alleged drug counterpart, Sealey, faces just one count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

Each of the men remains behind bars, Ford under a $55,000 secured bond and Sealey under a $15,000 secured bond.

The North Carolina Department of Corrections website revealed Sealey has prior felony drug offenses in the county. The convictions occurred in 2012 and 2009.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Grinnell and Det. Jon Propst investigated the incident.

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