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Agents nab heroin suspects at traffic stop


Kapusta and Czolba

Kapusta and Czolba



 Staff Writer


County narcotics investigators arrested a Lincolnton man accused of trafficking heroin from Mecklenburg County to Lincoln and Catawba Counties over at least the last three months, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.

Drug officers apprehended the man during a traffic stop Friday in Denver, according to an agency press release.

A search of the vehicle, which officers said was carrying three other individuals, resulted in the seizure of nearly three grams of heroin.

The stop occurred east of Lincolnton along Old Plank Road, off N.C. 16 South.

Investigators said they “set up” on the vehicle, which had been traveling from Charlotte.

While three of the people inside the car complied with narcotics officers’ commands, Christopher Joseph Kapusta failed to obey, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The 22-year-old suspect, a resident of 4454 Hunter Rhyne Road, attempted to fight deputies in the incident, the release said, exiting the vehicle from the back seat “with his fists clenched.”

Kapusta’s actions prompted investigators to use force to restrain him.

According to head of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, Lt. Jason Reid, the suspect has been an area drug supplier for some time.

“Undercover purchases have been made from Kapusta for the last several months,” Reid said in the release.

He also noted how the Lincoln County man has been transporting heroin into the county and surrounding regions from Charlotte.

Investigators charged Kapusta with one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture a schedule II controlled substance, trafficking in heroin or opium, conspiracy and possession of a schedule I controlled substance.

Deputies additionally arrested the vehicle’s driver, William Henry Czolba Jr.

The 35-year-old Mooresville man, who lives at 722 Long Tree Road, the release said, faces one felony count each of possession of a schedule I controlled substance, conspiracy and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

According to public records on the North Carolina Department of Correction website, Czolba was convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine in Iredell County in 2012.

Both suspects remain in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center, Kapusta under a $100,000 secured bond and Czolba under a $30,000 secured bond.

Each is set to appear in district court today on the drug charges.



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