Crime & Courts

3 charged in Lincoln after drug investigation

Lincoln County sheriff’s investigators arrested three men on drug charges that developed from calls to the sheriff’s Drug Tip Line.

Investigators said they received several complaints about suspicious activity at a home in the 6700 block of Hawksnest Lane, off N.C. 16 in the unincorporated Lowesville area.

Narcotics investigators conducted surveillance of the home Tuesday and said they saw a drug transaction take place in the driveway.

Officers stopped a vehicle as it left the home and charged Michael James Kay, 22, of Mount Holly with felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance. He was jailed with bail set at $5,000.

Authorities also arrested Christopher Aaron Cline, 23, who lives in the home. He was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule I controlled substance, sell and deliver a schedule I controlled substance, possession of a schedule I controlled substance and possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He also was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and was jailed with bail set at $35,000.

Authorities said Dustin Thomas Mann, 24, of Huntersville also was in the house and officers found a backpack containing his identification and 3 1/2 grams of marijuana packaged for sale. Mann was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mann was jailed with bail set at $12,500.

Investigators said methamphetamine and heroin continue to be on the rise in Lincoln County. They urge anyone with information about people possessing or selling the drugs to call the Drug Tip Line at 704-736-8422.

Marusak: 704-358-5067;

Twitter: @jmarusak

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