Local law enforcement believes new FBI program will help get more drugs off the streets


(QUEEN CITY NEWS) – Drugs on North Carolina freeways are a major concern according to the FBI.

In Catawba County, they did a big bust on 11th Street Circle Northwest, just off Highway 321, when they pulled over Elizabeth Pearson on 50 in a 35 mph zone. When the deputies approached the car, they knew something else was going on.

“Investigators smelled marijuana,” said Capt. Aaron Turk of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. “[They asked] Mrs. Pearson if it was marijuana they smelled, and Mrs. Pearson said she had marijuana in the vehicle.

Not only did Elizabeth Pearson have marijuana in her possession, but law enforcement also found 260 grams of cocaine, 47 oxycodone pills, 9 grams of MDMA and the drug, ecstasy.

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“A lot of narcotics,” Turk added. “Many different types of narcotics and all in a state that was intended for distribution.”

According to a spokesperson for the FBI’s Charlotte office, drug dealers in the Tar Heel State are a big problem.

The feds are asking for the public’s help in catching these drug dealers. A person who leaves a tip that leads to the seizure of drugs or money will receive up to 25% of the money seized.

A cash payment made through the Department of Justice’s Asset Forfeiture Program.

The FBI notes that local law enforcement is doing an excellent job and recognizing the value the public can add to investigations. Local law enforcement say they welcome any help they can get to stop the drugs from spilling onto the streets.

“The saying goes if you see something, say something which also applies to someone who can distribute narcotics.”


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