Meth dealer arrested after swat raid

Osvaldo Juan Sierra-Ruiz

LENOIR, NC (July 31, 2018) — On July 30, 2018, at approximately 9:30 pm, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office SWAT and Narcotic Agents with the Ice Unit paid a surprise visit to a man suspected of distributing methamphetamine in the Grace Chapel Community.  Osvaldo Juan Sierra-Ruiz, age 51, of 3884 Berry Creek Circle in Granite Falls was arrested and charged with felony possession with intent to sell/deliver methamphetamine and maintain a dwelling to keep/store controlled substances after a raid on his house yielded approximately ½ ounce methamphetamine and 22 grams of high grade marijuana.  During the search warrant, Agents also seized cash, multiple digital weighing scales, ledgers and other items of paraphernalia.  The drugs have a street value of $2,065 according to North Carolina State Drug Guidelines.  Ruiz was given a $50,000 secured bond and has a first court appearance on August 1, 2018, in District Court in Lenoir. 

“The investigation went according to plan and another drug dealer is out of business” – Sheriff Alan C. Jones  

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office is always in search of any information involving the use and distribution of illegal controlled substances.  A concerned citizen’s information and assistance will be kept confidential.  If you have any information concerning illegal drug activity in Caldwell County, please contact the:

Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office I.C.E. Unit at 828-757-1178.
Lenoir Police Department’s Narcotics Division at 828-757-2145.
Hudson Police Department at 828-728-5021.
Granite Falls Police Department at 828-396-3358.
Caldwell County Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300.