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He’s running for sheriff in an NC county. He just got busted on drug charges.

The Democratic candidate for Caldwell County sheriff has been arrested on drug charges two months before the election.

The State Bureau of Investigation said it assisted Caldwell sheriff’s deputies in executing a search warrant Wednesday night at the home of Robert Lewis “Dusty” Crump, 63.

Crump and his son and campaign manager, Will Dixon Crump, 30, were charged with felonious possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and with maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances.

Both were jailed under $15,000 bond, the sheriff’s department said in a news release.

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Robert Lewis Crump Caldwell County Sheriff's Office

Crump filed in February to run against Sheriff Alan Jones, a Republican, state elections records show. The voicemail of a telephone number listed with Crump’s elections filing was full Thursday.

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Thursday that the arrests followed a month-long investigation. The search warrant executed Wednesday night “was issued pursuant to ‘numerous’ purchases of marijuana from Will and Robert Crump at their residence,” it said.

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Will Dixon Crump Caldwell County Sheriff's Office

Agents found more than a half-pound of marijuana in the home, the release said, along with weighing scales, ledgers and drug paraphernalia. The search also uncovered marked bills that had been used in undercover marijuana buys, the release said.

Robert Crump was found guilty in 1993 of maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance and possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors, the news release said.

The Caldwell County Democratic Party disavowed Crump in a Facebook post Thursday.

“The Caldwell County Democratic Party does not endorse the candidacy of Robert ‘Dusty’ Crump for Caldwell County Sheriff because he has no relevant experience or expertise,” the post read. “We believe that public servants should have the discernment and understanding needed to do their jobs well from day one.”

Charlotte’s WSOC reported that Crump, while being escorted to court Thursday, told a reporter that “he believes he was set up and this will not stop him from running for sheriff.”

Bruce Henderson: 704-358-5051; @bhender
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