Lincoln County reports 5th arrest in rural area known as crack market

Antwan Wyatt
Antwan Wyatt Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested a Lincolnton man Wednesday for selling crack cocaine in a rural area north of Lincolnton that has seen a spike in drug dealing.

Antwan Bartholomew Wyatt, 39, of Horseshoe Lake Road in Lincolnton is charged with three felony counts each of selling and delivering a Schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell. He was also charged with one felony count of conspiring to sell or deliver a controlled substance. He received a $25,000 secured bond.

The charges stemmed from a six-month long narcotics investigation where detectives targeted crack cocaine sales in the Horseshoe Lake and Car Farm roads area. According to detectives, he was the fifth person arrested for selling crack cocaine in that part of Lincoln County over the past three weeks.

“This area of the county has seen a spike in crack and powder cocaine sales recently and our detectives worked very hard over the last several months to investigate and arrest as many street level dealers as we could,” says Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Lt. Jon Propst.

Detectives used surveillance and undercover techniques to buy crack cocaine from several locations, including Wyatt’s home.

Tips on criminal or drug activity can be reported anonymously by calling the Sheriff’s Office Drug Tip Line at 704-736-8606, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. All tips are investigated.