The Lincolnton Police Department concluded a months-long investigation on Saturday when officers and detectives arrested Timothy Howard Monroe for possession of 100 hydrocodone tablets.
Monroe, 51, of 1622 Broome Street in Lincolnton, was charged with four felony counts of trafficking an opiate, one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and/or distribute of a schedule III controlled substance and one count of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling place for controlled substance. He was arrested in the 1600 block of East Main Street. The estimated street value of the 10-milligram hydrocodone tablets was reported to be between $700 and $1,000. The investigation provided evidence that Monroe was also selling the pills in his possession.
The investigation into Monroe was initiated by several anonymous tips into CrimeStoppers of Lincolnton-Lincoln County. Lincolnton Police Department opened the investigation into Monroe trafficking illegal narcotics by setting up surveillance of Monroe. The investigation is ongoing.