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8/10/2017 12:52:00 PM
Ten Charged In Undercover Drug Operation
Photos Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Photos Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office


Lincoln County Sheriff's
Office Press Release


LINCOLNTON, N.C. - The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit charged ten people for various drug charges after the completion of several narcotics investigations. 

The undercover and surveillance operation being dubbed “Summer Time Blues” targeted individuals selling a wide range of drugs including opioid pain pills, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana.

Detectives say the individuals charged, including a 78-year-old man, were engaged in various drug activities to include the possession, transportation, and selling of narcotics. Detectives targeted street level dealers as well as mid-level dealers and drug traffickers. 

Most of the individuals charged were from Lincoln County or had previous history in Lincoln County.  According to detectives the investigations took place in all three areas of the county to include eastern, western, and central Lincoln County. 

Detectives say during one investigation over a half a pound of cocaine was seized during multiple buys.  Detectives also seized multiple trafficking amounts of opioid pain pills, over a pound and half of marijuana, and several small amounts of methamphetamine.

Four subjects have already been arrested and six are wanted.  The four arrested were:

  • Bobby Marshall Bailes, 78, Ed Willis Rd., Vale, NC was charged with three felony counts each of sell and deliver methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine.  He received a $30,000 secured bond.
  • Tracey Dwayne Messer, 22, Dorsett Ln. Lincolnton, NC was charged with one felony count each of trafficking opium/heroin by sell, trafficking opium/heroin by deliver, trafficking opium/heroin by transport, trafficking opium/heroin by possession, sell and deliver amphetamine, sell and deliver oxycodone, sell and deliver cocaine, sell and deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver opium/heroin, amphetamine, oxycodone, cocaine, marijuana, and schedule II controlled substance. Messer was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond.
  • Robert Gregory Summey, 46, Bexley Ln. Lincolnton, NC was charged with one felony count each sell and deliver oxycodone, sell and deliver diazepam, possession with intent to sell and deliver oxycodone, and possession with intent to sell and deliver diazepam.  He was also charged with two felony counts each of sell and deliver marijuana and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.  He received a $32,000 secured bond. 
  • Angela Gale Hall, 40, Bill Lynch Rd. Lincolnton, NC was charged with one felony count each of conspire to sell and deliver methamphetamine and obtaining property by false pretense.  She received a $23,000 bond. 

Six other subjects have been charged but have not yet been located.  Those subjects are:

  • Caleb Lane Mitchem, 21, Home Trail, Lincolnton, NC was charged with three felony counts each of trafficking cocaine by sell, trafficking cocaine by deliver, trafficking cocaine by transport, and trafficking cocaine by possession.  He also faces four felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and one felony count of sell and deliver cocaine. 
  • Lisa Walker Leonhardt, 52, Ed Willis Rd. Vale, NC is facing three felony counts each of sell and deliver methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine.
  • Joseph Dale Arrington, 25, of Hickory, NC is facing two felony counts each of trafficking opium/heroin by sell, trafficking opium/heroin by deliver, trafficking opium,/heroin by transport, trafficking opium/heroin by possession, and possession with intent to sell and deliver opium/heroin.
  • Desmond Tyrell Izard, 18, Lawndale, formerly of Cedar Ridge Ln. Vale, NC is facing one felony count each of sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substance and possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substance. 
  • Kyle Williamson Auten, 32, Gastonia, NC is facing one felony count each of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance.
  • Spencer Ramon Woods, 21, Gastonia, NC is facing one felony count of possession of schedule II controlled substance. 

Citizens are urged to report any suspicious drug activity to the Drug Tip Line at 704-736-8606 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County CrimeStoppers at 704-736-8909.  All callers can remain anonymous and all tips are investigated.  If your CrimeStoppers tip leads to an arrest you could receive a reward of up to $1,000.




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