24-year-old Jaylon Chance Long of North Wilkesboro, 18-year-old Ashley Ramona Horton of Boomer, and 23-year-old Nicholas Collin Greene of North Wilkesboro, were all arrested Wednesday (November 18) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. All three are charged with two counts of trafficking in opium or heroin.
A traffic stop related to a civil disturbance that occurred at the Shop and Save on Wilkesboro Boulevard reportedly led to the discovery of a substantial amount of pressed Fentanyl tablets. Shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday, deputies were dispatched to the business. An altercation occurred between the Store manager and two customers. One of the customers reportedly pulled a handgun on the store manager before leaving the scene in a white Toyota Camry heading in the direction of Lenoir.
Deputies located the Camry, which was occupied by the three suspects, on Wilkesboro Boulevard several miles from the incident location and conducted a traffic stop. During the stop two of the occupants were identified as the individuals involved in the altercation at the Shop and Save. A search of the vehicle reportedly led to the discovery of a large bag of yellow tablets that were separated in smaller bags.
A field test showed that the tablets contained Fentanyl. The firearm used in the altercation was later located on the side of the roadway on Wilkesboro Boulevard. All occupants of the vehicle were arrested. Deputies seized 1300 grams (2.86 lbs) of Pressed Fentanyl tablets which have an estimated street value of $195,000.
The three suspects were brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond apiece. They were scheduled to make District Court appearances Thursday (November 19).