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Granite Falls man convicted for trafficking methamphetamine

NEWTON, NC (August 5, 2019) — Skyler Lee Obrien, 32, of Granite Falls, will spend six to eight years in prison following his conviction for trafficking methamphetamine by possession during Caldwell County Superior Court on Monday, August 5, 2019.

The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, sentenced Obrien to an incarceration period in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections after he entered a guilty plea. Obrien also was ordered to pay a statutorily-mandated $50,000 fine.

Officers from Hudson Police Department responded to a call at a residence on February 22, 2018, and were told by a resident that Obrien was hiding in a bedroom of the home. He had outstanding arrest warrants for probation violations.

When officers arrived and found Obrien, several items of drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana were found in his pants pockets. A search of a back pack that Obrien had with him yielded a plastic bag containing a white, glass-hard material. The defendant admitted he was “just tired of running” and was cooperative as he was taken into custody.

The North Carolina State Crime Lab analyzed the material and determined it to be 41.47 grams of methamphetamine.

Officer C.J. Curtis and Detective Sergeant Scott Lovins investigated the case for Hudson Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Jennifer C. Mathews prosecuted the matter for the State.