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Investigation Leads to Meth Charges

Three months worth of undercover work led to felony charges for a local man Monday.

Jerry Delane McBride, 49, was held under $265,000 secured bond on multiple charges, including felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine,

two counts of maintaining a vehicle for drug activities, conspiracy to traffic meth, three counts of trafficking in the drug, and drug paraphernalia. His address was listed as 1417 Bill Hooks Rd., Whiteville.

The sheriff’s office reported that citizen complaints led to a three-month investigation into meth sales in Whiteville and elsewhere, according to a press release. Multiple undercover buys were completed in the course of the operation.

On Jan. 9, Vice-Narcotics Investigators stopped McBride’s Ford Ranger truck on Franklin Street in Whiteville. The vehicle was displaying a fictitious tag, the release said.

They spotted a razorblade with “a white powder substance” on the dashboard of the truck, the release said, and searched the vehicle. A bag in the truck’s bed contained approximately seven grams of crystal meth. McBride also allegedly had a bag containing a gram of the drug under his hat.

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