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Deputies make largest pill bust in county history

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ANNIE BLACKBURN
Staff Writer

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators seized the largest amount of illegal prescription drugs in county history on Thursday.
Terry Lee Graham, 54, of 3215 River Road in Lincolnton, was stopped at 10:45 a.m. by deputy A. Manns on Jenkins Road. Narcotics investigators arrived shortly after the stop and, after Graham gave officers permission to search his car, investigators seized 454 methadone, 1,453 Xanax, 400 assorted uncontrolled pills and a .380 caliber pistol — the total number of pills seized coming in at 2,307.
Graham was charged with two felony counts of trafficking in opium and heroin and one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance schedule IV and possession of a firearm by a felon.
“We were surprised to see that amount at one time,” Sheriff’s Office lieutenant Jason Reid said. “It’s the largest in Lincoln County history, but knowing that it was coming to a residence in the county, we are very pleased with our efforts. The information originally generated through the tip line but it wasn’t very detailed. Investigators worked diligently to make this arrest happen.”
Reid was adamant in expressing his gratitude for the tip line and the citizens that used it to help bring these drugs off of the streets.
“A simple phone call from the community sparked this investigation,” Reid said.
Graham was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center where he was processed and released on a $115,000 secured bond. His first court appearance was Friday in Lincoln County District Court.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office encourages citizens in the community to continue contact the drug tip line, which has led to numerous arrests for drug offenses in the county. The tip line number is (704) 736-8422.

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