Lenoir Police Department makes drug arrest with assistance from community

LENOIR, NC (October 17, 2017)…On Monday October 16th, 2017 at 11:45 pm officers from the Lenoir Police Department’s Narcotics Unit along with members of the Lenoir Police Departments Special Response Team served a search warrant on the residence of 518 Cottrell Hill Rd. Lenoir, NC 28645.  During the search of the residence, detectives located 232 dosage units of schedule II opiate pills.  The breakdown of the pills were as follows: 69 Hydrocodone 10 mg pills, 152 Oxymorphone 20 mg pills, 4 Oxycodone 10 mg pills, 4 Methadone 10 mg pills, 4 Alprazolam 1 mg pills, and 1 Oxycodone 15 mg pill. According to North Carolina State Guidelines, the seized drugs were valued at $9,917.00.  Investigators also found and seized two pistols and $2,311.00 in cash during the search of the home.

Michael Clarence Hood was arrested and charged with 1 count of Felony Trafficking in Opium or Heroin and 1 count of Felony Maintaining a Dwelling for Controlled Substance. Due to the close proximity of Hood’s residence to the City of Lenoir’s Green Way he was also charged with 1 count of Felony Possession with Intent to Manufacture Sell or Deliver Opiates within 1000 Feet of a School or Public Park.  At the conclusion of this investigation Hood received a $150,000.00 secured bond and an initial court date of 10-17-2017.  Additional charges may be forthcoming.

This investigation was the direct result of community complaints and partnerships.  Chief Brown stated, “I am thankful for the community complaints and the long hours our officers dedicated to this investigation.  We never take these cases lightly, but are always more effective when members of the community serve as our ‘force multiplier’ by seeing something and saying something.”

Anyone with information relating to this or any other crime is asked to contact The Lenoir/Caldwell County Crime Stoppers at 758-8300 or the Lenoir Police Department at 757-2100.