An Alexander County man who is reportedly considered a “major player” in the area’s illegal drug activity was scheduled to be in court earlier this week. The suspect may face charges from federal authorities in addition to the counts filed locally. 46-year-old James Lee Weaver of Hiddenite was arrested last Wednesday (June 8) after the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, Taylorsville Police, and Department of Homeland Security Investigations Taskforce executed a search warrant on a residence last week.
Weaver was arrested following a seven month investigation into his alleged drug activity. He’s charged with three felony counts apiece of traffic in methamphetamine and maintain a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance and two felony counts apiece of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and maintain a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance.
Weaver is also charged with single felony counts of trafficking, opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I controlled substance and felony possession of a firearm by a felon. Authorities also filed two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and single misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule II, III, and IV controlled substance.
During the search at the Hiddenite residence, 1,043 grams of fentanyl and 1,185 grams of meth and drug paraphernalia were among the items seized by authorities. It’s expected that additional federal charges will be filed against Weaver. He remained in the Alexander County Detention Center under $1,000,000 secured bond as of earlier today (June 15). Upcoming District Court dates are scheduled for June 27 and August 29.[Story courtesy of Rick Gilbert, WACB]