The 15-year-old who police suspect is one of the main dealers of LSD and other drugs in a Lake Norman distribution ring has been arrested.
The juvenile turned himself into Iredell County deputies late Tuesday evening, Major Darren Campbell said.
He is one of five people charged with felony drug charges connected to the distribution of LSD, heroin and bath salts to Lake Norman High School students.
The arrests are the result of a two-month undercover operation in which narcotics detectives bought drugs at several different homes across the Lake Norman area.
In league with the 15-year-old most recently arrested, police said, is suspect Elliott James Ziegler, 24. He faces some of the stiffest charges after detectives say they found him in possession of more than 4 grams of heroin last week.
Zieglers mother, 48-year-old Denise Mingle, was looped into the investigation after detectives say they made several drug buys from people at her house. Campbell said investigators determined that she knew about the drug distribution.
Also arrested on the felony charges are Daniel Gilbert Brown and Thomas Jordan Wykoff, both 19.
Investigators dont yet know how many students were purchasing and using drugs but plan to make more arrests in the case.
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