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More Information Released On Arrests Of Suspects In Caldwell County Drug Case
L-R: Mark Alexander Hood, Tera Nichole Harwood, Jodi Caroline Mitchell
Courtesy of Caldwell County Sheriff's Office

More Information Released On Arrests Of Suspects In Caldwell County Drug Case

57-year-old Mark Alexander Hood of Hoods Creek Road, 29-year-old Tera Nichole Harwood of Cobblestone Court, and 30-year-old Jodi Caroline Mitchell of NE Lower Creek Drive, all from Lenoir, were arrested Tuesday (May 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. All three suspects are charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (fentanyl). Hood is additionally charged with felony counts of traffic in opium or heroin and maintain a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance.

On Tuesday afternoon, search warrants were executed by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T and Narcotic Units at two properties on Hoods Creek Road in Lenoir. The properties together are described by authorities as a fentanyl distribution compound. The search warrants were issued following a two month long investigation.

The undercover operation and search warrants resulted in the seizure of approximately 58 grams of Fentanyl, a 9mm handgun and over $24,000 in US currency. The drugs seized during the investigation have a total street value of over $11,600 according to North Carolina State Drug Guidelines. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Lenoir Police Department Narcotics Division.

Items seized during arrests made in Caldwell County Tuesday, May 10, 2022

All three suspects were jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center, Hood under $250,000 secured bond, Harwood and Mitchell under $10,000 secured bond apiece. All three suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court Wednesday (May 11).