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Thomas Craig Harden
Courtesy of Burke County Sheriff's Office

Additional Information Released In Connection To Arrest Of Burke Man For Second Time In Less Than A Month

More details have been released in connection to the arrest of a Burke County man on drug charges. It’s the second time the suspect has been arrested since mid-October. 40-year-old Thomas Craig Harden of Reep Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Tuesday (October 31) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. WHKY previously reported on Tuesday’s arrest. He’s charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance.

On Tuesday, the Burke County Criminal Investigations/Narcotics Division was conducting undercover surveillance operations in the Connelly Springs area after receiving several complaints about drug transactions in the area. While conducting undercover stationary surveillance, investigators familiar with Harden saw him operating a motor vehicle in the Hwy 70/Old 70 Loop area of Connelly Springs.

Investigators conducted a traffic stop and developed probable cause to search the vehicle. During the search, investigators discovered approximately 260 grams (more than half-a-pound) of methamphetamine in the trunk of the vehicle. The meth was found individually bagged with digital scales and additional plastic bags. Harden was arrested and arraigned at the Burke County Magistrate’s Office.

Items seized during arrest of Thomas Craig Harden
Photo courtesy of Burke County Sheriff’s Office

It’s the second time this suspect has been arrested in Burke County in less than a month. As WHKY previously reported, Harden was arrested October 13 by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged on that date with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a felon.

On that date, a Burke County Sheriff’s Officer responded to a traffic stop on Bethel Road in Morganton. While conducting a search, the officer reportedly found a 9mm bullet in Harden’s left front pocket that matched the same caliber of a firearm found in the vehicle.

Harden is a felon as a result of a conviction in Burke County in November, 2018. According to the North Carolina Department Of Adult Correction Offender Public Information website, Harden was convicted of multiple counts of felony breaking & entering on November 13, 2018.

Following Tuesday’s arrest, Harden was confined in the Burke County Jail under $40,000 secured bond on the previously filed charges and no bond on the new allegations. He remained in jail as of earlier today (November 3). District Court dates are scheduled for November 6 and November 20.