Two men and one woman have been arrested after what police claim was a three-county drug investigation in North Carolina. The accused are now facing drug charges, with the allegations stemming in part from surveillance of one of the individuals. The other two were charged with drug-related crimes after police followed the man who was under surveillance to a house in Salisbury.
Police claim the house was a marijuana distribution center, though no justification for that assertion was disclosed in a local news report. Authorities stopped a vehicle that was attempting to leave the house, and police spoke with a woman said to be living in the home. After searching the residence, authorities allegedly found drug paraphernalia and marijuana. The amount of marijuana seized was not discussed on a news site, nor was it clear whether police properly obtained a search warrant.
The two individuals whom police have sought to connect with the supposed distribution of marijuana are facing a number of charges. Rowan County deputies have charged the suspects with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and felonious maintaining a dwelling.
The man who was initially under surveillance was arrested on separate charges. Authorities in Iredell County claim he sold crack cocaine to an undercover officer, but the details are murky as to exactly how the suspect is connected with the other arrested parties.
To date, police have only indicated that they saw the man visiting the house where the other two people were arrested. A news report makes mention of the men's previous criminal convictions, but that doesn't mean any of the suspects are guilty of the charges they currently face.
Source: charlotteobserver.com, "3 from Rowan face drug charges," July 10, 2012