The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has reported two sets of arrests related to illegal drugs--one of them the result of a traffics stop and the other after a lengthy investigation.
In the case of the lengthy investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit and the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, officers were able to secure search warrants for two locations in Lincoln County; and on Thursday (April 29th) they executed the search warrants at 2549 Woodland Hills Trail, Lincolnton, and 3457 Maiden Highway, Lincolnton. Both residences were searched simultaneously and as a result the following items were seized:
- 2.2 pounds of Heroin
- 2.2 pounds of cocaine
- 29 pounds of marijuana
- a large amount of US currency
- a large amount of pills believed to be fentanyl.
Two people were arrested during the operation. Eder Alberto Delgado, 38, of 2549 Woodland Hills Trail, Lincolnton, was charged with trafficking heroin, trafficking marijuana, trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.
Francisco Javier Villanueva-Salas, 32, of 3457 Maiden Highway, Lincolnton, was charged with trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both suspects were taken before a magistrate and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $1,000,000 secured bond each.
The following agencies assisted with the investigation: Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and members of the DEA Task Force which includes the following agencies, Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Gaston County Police Department, Lincolnton Police Department, Gastonia Police Department, Matthews Police Department, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.