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Caldwell man arrested for 3rd time on drugs

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    - Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office
    Roger Dale Franklin Sr., 51, of Lenoir, was arrested this week for the third time since August on drug charges, authorities say. (Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office photo.)
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    - Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office
    Sheila Hamby Sipes, 39, of Lenoir, was arrested this week on drug charges, authorities say. (Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office photo.)

A Caldwell County man out on bond for two previous drug arrests was busted again this week, the sheriff’s office says.

Roger Dale Franklin Sr., 51, of Lenoir, was arrested Wednesday during a traffic stop by sheriff’s office drug agents.

Investigators say agents had been watching Franklin and Sheila Hamby Sipes, 39, during the afternoon and evening. Authorities say they suspected Franklin had resupplied with methamphetamine, so they stopped his vehicle.

Agents said they found more than a half-ounce of crystal meth, along with $1,175 in cash and drug paraphernalia.

Franklin was arrested Aug. 19 by Lenoir police, who said they caught him with 12.5 grams of meth, 3.2 grams of cocaine, and more than $4,000 in cash. Then he was arrested in September by the sheriff’s office, which said he had 3 grams of methamphetamine.

Franklin was charged this week with maintaining a vehicle to store and keep a controlled substance and possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine.

Sipes was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine.

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