Crime

March 17, 2014

Caldwell man charged with trafficking meth

A Caldwell County man described by authorities as a suspected kingpin methamphetamine dealer has been jailed on meth-related charges.

A Caldwell County man described by authorities as a suspected kingpin methamphetamine dealer has been jailed on meth-related charges.

After a monthslong investigation, sheriff’s investigators charged Fred Lee Yount Jr., 36, of Granite Falls with one count each of felony trafficking in methamphetamine and felony maintaining a vehicle to keep/store a controlled substance.

Yount was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond last week and has a probable cause hearing on April 3.

Yount, who is on probation for a past drug conviction, faces up to eight years in prison if convicted, Sheriff Alan Jones said.

After receiving complaints and conducting numerous interviews, Jones said, investigators made several undercover meth purchases and obtained a warrant to search Yount’s home and 1998 Ford truck.

Investigators found 4 1/2 ounces of methamphetamine worth $18,555 in the truck and several digital weighing scales and packaging materials in the home, the sheriff said.

“We are glad to have put an end to his terror of distributing meth in our county,” Jones said in a news release. “We certainly appreciate the brave citizens who reported this behavior.”

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