Crime & Courts

Caldwell man arrested on meth charges

A six-month investigation by local, state and federal officials ended with Tuesday’s arrest of a Caldwell County man on drug charges, authorities say.

Investigators allege Michael Wayne Jenkins, 36, of Boomer was a major supplier of methamphetamine throughout the Caldwell County area. They say additional arrests are likely in the case.

Lenoir police, the Caldwell Sheriff’s Office, the SBI, the N.C. Highway Patrol and Homeland Security were involved in the probe, according to authorities. Agents said they seized 4 ounces of crystal meth and a loaded handgun when Jenkins was arrested in his pickup truck.

He was charged with trafficking methamphetamine by possession and trafficking methamphetamine by transportation. He was jailed under a $100,000 bond, authorities said.

“This was great teamwork between local, state and federal agencies,” Lenoir police Chief Scott Brown said.