Caldwell County sheriff’s investigators arrested a 25-year-old Hudson man on methamphetamine charges and seized $370,800 worth of the drug from his home on Lick Mountain Drive, Sheriff Alan Jones said Friday.
Stephen Roger Dean was charged Thursday with felony trafficking in methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling to keep/store controlled substances. Dean was jailed under a $1 million bond and has a first appearance in Caldwell County District Court on Monday.
If convicted, Dean faces a minimum of 21 to 23 years in prison, Jones said.
“This was a significant bust for Caldwell County, and the arrest of this kingpin will definitely have an impact on the meth trade,” Jones said in a news release. “One minute he was living the dream, now he is in our jail and looking at serious prison time. He has basically thrown his life away.”
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The sheriff said investigators also seized digital weighing scales, packaging materials, drug ledgers and assorted drug paraphernalia from Dean’s home.
A Cadillac Deville, Honda CBR motorcycle, two dirt bikes, a scooter, flat screen TVs, furniture, computers, video games and many other personal articles were seized for drug tax purposes by the N.C. Department of Revenue, the sheriff said.