A Catawba County murder convict, who was released from prison last year, was apprehended by Lincoln County narcotics investigators on Friday for cocaine charges.
Drug officers with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office arrested Bryant Moses, 34, during a buy-bust operation in the parking lot of Lowe’s Home Improvement in Lincolnton, Narcotics Unit head Lt. Jason Reid said.
Investigators seized eight ounces of cocaine in the incident.
Reid noted that depending on how it’s packaged and sold, the controlled substance’s street value lies somewhere between $6,000 and $18,000.
Narcotics officers received assistance in the operation from a number of surrounding agencies including the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Newton Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Reid said.
He also credited Sheriff David Carpenter’s former experience working as an undercover Lincoln County narcotics investigator as aiding and equipping his agency’s Narcotics Unit with the right tools and skills for rooting out offenders across the area and beyond county lines.
“He has provided our investigators with all the tools and training possible,” Reid said. “Carpenter has also pushed us to work with as many law enforcement agencies as possible, making it easy for us to make these types of arrests.”
Since 2010, when Carpenter took office, narcotics investigators have worked to catch all levels of drug users living inside and outside the county, successfully arresting street-level dealers and top-level leaders.
“Drug traffickers do not have jurisdictional boundaries,” Reid said. “Law enforcement officers do. Therefore, our division will not focus primarily on drug traffickers who reside in Lincoln County; we will focus on being proactive with a chief goal to arrest all drug offenders, no matter where they live.”
Moses, who resides in Newton, investigators said, is set to make a first court appearance in the case today.
He faces one felony count each of trafficking in cocaine and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Moses has since been released from the Lincoln County detention center on a $100,000 bond, Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Larry Seagle said.
The suspect spent nearly 13 years in a state correctional facility for second-degree murder in Catawba County, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction website.
He was convicted in 2000 and released last March.
Investigators said the murder was drug-related.
Additional felonies on the suspect’s criminal record include two separate instances of common law robbery, NC DOC showed.