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Meth, pot seized by probation officers

Deputies said marijuana and methamphetamine, pictured above, was seized after a search of a Lincolnton man by probation and parole officers on Monday.

Deputies said marijuana and methamphetamine, pictured above, was seized after a search of a Lincolnton man by probation and parole officers on Monday.

ANNIE BLACKBURN
Staff Writer

Lincoln County Sheriff’s narcotics investigators, working hand in hand with probation and parole officers, seized several bags of marijuana and three bags of methamphetamine during a warrantless search of a probationer’s residence on Monday.
After concluding the search that began around 10:30 a.m. at 2204 Drive Inn Road, investigators placed Thomas Harrison Andrew Ford, 34, of Lincolnton, and Megan Ann Cooke, 25, also of Lincolnton, under arrest.

Ford, Cook

Ford, Cook


Though not acting on a tip, Lt. Jason Reid said the Sheriff’s Office has been receiving information for years that Ford was trafficking methamphetamine into the county, going back as far as 2011. Ford’s probation stems from an arrest in August of 2012, when he was charged with one felony count each possession with intent to distribute a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He was convicted in January of 2014 and his probation stems from a 30-month suspended sentence.
Ford was charged with one felony count each of probation violation, trafficking in opium or heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance schedule IV, in addition to being charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He was detained at the Harven A. Crouse detention center without bond.
Cooke was jailed under a $60,000 bond, being charged with one felony count each of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance schedule IV and maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for a controlled substance. She was additionally charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance schedule IV and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Warrantless searches are a condition of many offenders’ parole or probation and it is required that they submit to these searches from law enforcement, parole officers or both.
“We continue our strong working relationship with our local Probation/Parole officers by utilizing their court ordered search and seizure abilities,” Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter said in a press release.
“The result of a great working relationship and teamwork paid off yesterday in the arrest of these two offenders and we will continue to do this every chance we can in the future.”

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