A Rowan County man with 12 felony convictions was among two people arrested Tuesday after a three-month undercover investigation, the sheriffs office says.
Detectives allege the suspects, Reginald Weasel Oglesby and Marcia Clare Lewis, sometimes conducted drug sales while children were in a vehicle with them.
Oglesby and Lewis were arrested after an undercover purchase of Hydrocodone and crack cocaine near a business on Statesville Boulevard in Salisbury, authorities say. They were charged with that sale and several others, according to detectives.
Rowan County officials say they were helped by the Iredell County Sheriffs Office in the investigation. They also say the Rowan County Department of Social Services is involved in the case because of the presence of children during the alleged drug deals.
Investigators say Oglesby already was facing charges in a Jan. 8 arrest by Salisbury police on an opium trafficking charge.
According to the sheriffs office, Oglesbys felony convictions stretch from September 2000 to May 2011 and include obtaining property by false pretense, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, soliciting to take indecent liberties with a child, and attempting to traffick cocaine.
In addition, detectives say, Oglesby is a registered sex offender who was not living at his listed address. Authorities say charges are pending in that case.
Detectives say Oglesby was involved in drug deals June 19, July 11 (with children in his vehicle), July 17, August 9, August 13, August 26, and September 10. Authorities allege Lewis was with him on July 11, July 17, August 26 and September 10.
Charges against Oglesby, 37, include selling or delivering cocaine; possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine; conspiracy to sell or deliver cocaine; maintaining a vehicle for sale or delivery of drugs; trafficking opium by sale, delivery and transportation; child neglect, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and sale or delivery of a counterfeit controlled substance. Charges against Lewis, 32, include conspiracy to sell or deliver cocaine; conspiracy to traffick opium; maintaining a vehicle for sale or delivery of drugs; possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine; and child neglect.
Oglesby was jailed under $105,000 bond. Lewis was jailed under $30,000 bond.
Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107 Twitter: @slyttle
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