LENOIR -- Caldwell County authorities say three law enforcement agencies teamed in an investigation which led to the arrest Monday of a Lenoir man on drug charges.
The sheriff’s office says Dontaye Antwain Connelly, 31, was arrested after officers stopped his vehicle on U.S. 321. He was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, and with maintaining a vehicle to keep and store a controlled substance.
Investigators say the sheriff’s office narcotics detectives received information that Connelly might be coming to Lenoir to make a drop of 1 1/4 pounds of marijuana. Detectives say police in Lenoir and Boone helped develop those leads.
According to the sheriff’s office, agents spotted Connelly in a 1994 Honda Accord, traveling toward Lenoir on U.S. 321. He was stopped at the Holiday to Go convenience store, and a K-9 search dog was used to check the car. Authorities say the dog signaled an alert in the rear passenger area of the vehicle.
Agents searched the rear of the vehicle and say they found a large bag containing 1 1/4 pounds of marijuana, divided into five bags. Detectives say the marijuana was hidden under trash and the floor mat.
State prison records show Connelly has past convictions for felony drug possession and robbery.
He was jailed under $50,000 bond.