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Lincoln drug probe leads to 2 arrests

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    - Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
    Christopher Kapusta, 22, of Lincolnton, was arrested Friday afternoon on drug charges, according to Lincoln County authorities. (Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office photo.)
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    - Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office photo
    William Czolba Jr., 35, of Mooresville, was arrested Friday in Lincoln County on drug-related charges, according to authorities. (Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office photo.)

A three-month investigation led to the arrests of two men in Lincoln County on drug charges late last week.

One of the suspects also attempted to assault sheriff’s deputies, authorities said.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said Christopher Joseph Kapusta, 22, of Lincolnton, and William Henry Czolba Jr., 35, of Mooresville, were taken into custody.

Deputies said the lengthy investigation led them to pull over a car returning from Charlotte on Friday afternoon on Old Plank Road near South Business N.C. 16. Deputies said they ordered the car’s four occupants to get out of the vehicle, but one person refused.

That person, identified by deputies as Kapusta, eventually got out of the back seat. Deputies said Kapusta had his fists clenched and tried to attack officers when he got out.

Kapusta was restrained and arrested, deputies said. Authorities said he was charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture, trafficking in heroin or opium, and possession of a controlled substance. He was jailed under $100,000 bond.

Authorities said the car’s driver, Czolba, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy, and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. He was jailed under $30,000 bond.

The car’s other two occupants were not charged.

“Undercover purchases have been made from Kapusta for the last several months,” said Lt. Jason Reid, a narcotics officer with the sheriff’s office. “He made multiple trips to Charlotte to transport heroin back to Lincoln and Catawba counties.”

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