A year-long drug investigation ended this week with the arrest of three men of cocaine-related charges, Iredell County authorities say.
Sheriff’s deputies say the investigation also turned up a “liquor house,” where visitors could buy alcohol that had not been taxed by the state.
Deputies say the drug ring was based from a house in the Park Drive area, off U.S. 70 on the southwest side of Statesville. Investigators say that is an area of the county with a history of drug dealing.
Sheriff’s detectives were able to complete drug transactions with several Statesville-area people, deputies say. In all, detectives say they seized 122 grams of crack cocaine with a street value of more than $48,000.
According to the sheriff’s office, residents of the area had complained about illegal activities at the Park Drive residence, saying visitors could buy drugs and alcohol there.
Narcotics detectives say that during the arrest, they found a gallon of non-tax-paid liquor, plus seven cases of beer and drug paraphernalia. Investigators say a sign on the counter listed a number of drink prices.
Michael Stevenson, 31, was charged with two counts of trafficking cocaine; two counts of conspiracy to sell cocaine; three counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver crack cocaine; and three counts of sale or delivery of crack cocaine. He was jailed under $100,000 bond.
Also arrested and charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver crack cocaine and the sale and delivery of crack cocaine were 38-year-old Thomas Daye and 40-year-old James Allen Smith Jr.
All three men are from Statesville, deputies say.
The sheriff’s office says the investigation is continuing, and that additional arrests are expected.
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