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Homeland Security, sheriff’s deputies arrest Lincoln man

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Benny Ray Garrett Jr., 36, of Lincolnton, was arrested by Lincoln County and federal agents Thursday, according to the sheriff’s office. (Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office photo.)

Lincoln County authorities and agents from Homeland Security arrested a Lincolnton man Thursday on methamphetamine-related charges, according to the sheriff’s office.

Benny Ray Garrett Jr., 36, was charged with trafficking methamphetamine and jailed under $300,000 bond. His arrest came after Lincoln County narcotics investigators, a SWAT team, and Homeland Security agents executed a search warrant at Garrett’s home.

The arrest followed a two-month investigation, according to the sheriff’s office. Investigators say they were able to introduce an undercover agent to Garrett, and they say Garrett and the agent conducted several drug transactions.

Homeland Security agents identified a large-scale meth supplier in South Carolina as the person who was supplying Garrett, according to investigators. They say the meth was being distributed in western Lincoln and southwest Catawba counties.

“During most drug investigations, we have to start at the very bottom and attempt to work our way to the top,” said Lt. Jason Reid, a narcotics officer with the sheriff’s office. “With the assistance of Homeland Security, we were able to start closer to the top.

“We are able to cut the head off the snake this time.”

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