Lincoln County sheriff’s investigators charged and arrested three suspects in separate incidents during a surveillance operation south of Lincolnton.
Around 12:45 p.m. Thursday, narcotics investigators were conducting an undercover operation near the Dollar General store in High Shoals and completed a drug transaction with two women.
Tina Marie Brown, 46, and Christel Gantt Camp, 41, both of Gastonia, were taken into custody in the Dollar General parking lot and charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance Schedule II, sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance and conspiracy to sell and deliver.
Camp also was charged with maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.
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Brown was jailed under a $15,000 secured bond and Camp under a $10,000 secured bond.
Around 6 p.m. Thursday, while investigators continued their surveillance at several locations in the county, they observed a suspicious vehicle pull into the parking lot of the Dollar General.
Investigators had received information that a man would be transporting cocaine to the Lincoln County area.
The suspect stayed in vehicle and remained on a cell phone as he looked around the parking lot, investigators said. As the man left the parking lot, investigators pulled behind the vehicle and attempted to stop the vehicle with blue lights and a siren when they saw the driver throw a bag of white substance out of the window.
One of the trailing undercover vehicles stopped and secured the bag of white powder, which turned out to be crack cocaine, while another chased the vehicle south on U.S. 321 into Gaston County, where it was stopped near the Hardin exit.
Kareem Jamar Moore, 33, of Kings Mountain was taken into custody without incident and charged with two felony counts of trafficking in cocaine and one felony count each of maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and speeding to elude an arrest. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of littering and resist, delay and obstruct a public officer.
Moore was jailed under a $40,000 secured bond.