A Lenoir motel manager and another man face several drug-related charges after a police search Tuesday.
Lenoir police said complaints from the public led officers to the Day’s Inn, in the 200 block of Blowing Rock Boulevard. The manager of that motel, 40-year-old Urmil Patel, and 30-year-old Jerry Lindsey, were arrested in the case.
Police said they got a warrant to search Room 116, and investigators said that as detectives approached the room, they saw Patel leaving. Inside the room, police said, they found 7 grams of crack cocaine, 12 grams of marijuana, nine Oxycodone pills and $2,000 cash.
Investigators said they believe Lindsey was renting the room as a place to sell drugs, and that Patel also was involved in the operation. Lindsey was arrested by police later in the day at another location.
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Each man has been charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute cocaine; maintaining a dwelling to sell or distribute drugs; trafficking heroin or opium by possession; and possession of marijuana.