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18 Facing Charges Following 7-Month-Long Drug Investigation
(L-R) James William Canipe Jr., Haley Kristen Gantt, and Bruce Edward Thomas Jr.
(Photos Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office)

(L-R) James William Canipe Jr.,
Haley Kristen Gantt, and
Bruce Edward Thomas Jr.

(Photos Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office)


Lincoln County Sheriff's
Office Press Release



LINCOLNTON, N.C. –A seven-month long drug investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers resulted in 18 people being indicted by the Lincoln County Grand Jury in December 2018 on various charges.

The drug related charges included possession of illegal narcotics, sell and delivery of controlled substances and felonious distribution and trafficking.

The investigations took place between April and November of 2018 and true bills of indictment were returned by the Lincoln County Grand Jury on December 11, 2018.



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Below is a list of suspects arrested:

James William Canipe Jr., 43, of Cranberry Trail, Lincolnton, NC was charged with possession of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in August 2018. He was arrested on December 17, 2018 and placed under a $10,000 secured bond.

Haley Kristen Gantt 30, of Jake Seagle Road, Vale, NC is charged with trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a felon. She was arrested on December 18, 2018 and placed in jail under a $15,000 secured bond.

Bruce Edward Thomas Jr.,43, of Amy Drive, Lincolnton, NC is charged with possession of Schedule II, possession of Schedule III and possession of drug paraphernalia. Thomas was arrested on December 14, 2018 and placed under a $15,000 secured bond.

Jason Gavitt, 43, of General Delivery, Lincolnton, NC is charged with trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a felon. He is currently being held in the North Carolina Prison System and will be served upon release.

The following individuals were indicted by the Grand Jury on existing charges and will be served with the indictment:

Robert Deal Shuford, 65, of Davis Road, Road, Lincolnton, NC is charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Steven Eugene Travis, 48, of Swanson Road, Crouse, NC is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of cocaine.

Jamie Wooten, 27, Swanson Road, Crouse, NC is charged with possession of a stolen firearm.

William Lovingood, 34, of Lantern Ridge, Lincolnton, NC is charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Melissa Clanton, 32, of Catawba Street, Lincolnton, NC is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine.

James Christopher Coleman, 47, Gates Road, Lincolnton, NC is charged with two felony counts of possession of pseudoephedrine with prior methamphetamine charges.

Deputies are still looking for the following suspects:

Jessica Michelle Deaton, 29, of Salem Church Road, Lincolnton, NC is charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Kasey Lynn Earwood, 32, of Kelly Road, Mt. Holly, NC is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and sell and deliver methamphetamine.

Daniel Scott Huffman, 34, of 2nd Street Place, SW, Hickory, NC is charged with two felony counts each of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and sell and deliver cocaine.

Christa Ann McClung, 43, of S. Industrial Park Road, Lincolnton, NC is charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of Schedule IV (Xanax).

Christopher Lee Reynolds, 46, of Reepsville Road, Vale, NC is charged with 3 felony counts each of possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin and sell and deliver heroin.

Eddie Jerry Ruff Jr. 49, of Walker Street, Kings Mountain, NC is charged with 3 felony counts each of possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and sell and deliver methamphetamine.

Jessie Eric Stuckey, 26, of Thornwood Lane, Stanley, NC is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and sell and deliver methamphetamine.

Phillip Wayne Thompson, 42, Banks Drive, Cherryville, NC is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and sell and deliver methamphetamine.

Most drug related investigations begin with tips or complaints from citizens. Detectives then begin using various tools and investigation methods to build a case. Anyone with information concerning drug related activity is urged to call the Drug Tip line at 704-736-8606 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County CrimeStoppers at 704-736-8909. All tips are investigated and callers can remain anonymous.


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