Man charged after meth probe

Derrick Lemont Neal

A Mooresville man has been arrested on several methamphetamine-related charges, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Authorities said that on Feb. 25, detectives concluded a three-month investigation into the sale of methamphetamine throughout the Iredell County area by arresting Derrick Lemont Neal, 31, on Gateway Boulevard in Mooresville.

Detectives had received information about a methamphetamine trafficking ring operating out of Charlotte. Authorities believed individuals involved were traveling into Iredell County to sell large quantities of their product and throughout surrounding states as well, authorities said.

An undercover detective contacted one of the dealers and purchased quantities of methamphetamine over a period of time, authorities said.

Eventually, that dealer introduced the undercover detective to the organization’s main supplier, which police allege is Neal.

Neal frequently brought large amounts of methamphetamine to Iredell County to be sold, as well as quantities of counterfeit controlled substances, authorities said. Neal was also selling counterfeit controlled substances as methamphetamine throughout the Charlotte area, to make a higher profit.

Neal met with the undercover detective on numerous occasions at locations throughout Mooresville, such as a grocery store and hotel parking lots, authorities said. A total of 232.5 grams of methamphetamine was purchased from Neal, authorities said.

The methamphetamine was a high-quality version of the product, referred to as “crystal” or “ice,” most of which is transported into North Carolina from Mexico, authorities said.

The methamphetamine purchased has a street value of $93,000, they said.

Detectives from Iredell County Sheriff’s Office were assisted by Homeland Security Investigations, as well as the State Bureau of Investigation in the arrest of Neal, who at the time was meeting with the undercover detective to sell a quantity of illegal narcotics at the Hilton Garden Inn on Gateway Boulevard in Mooresville, authorities said.

Neal is being held at the Iredell County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond, authorities said.

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