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L-R: Henry Dwayne Autrey and Oren Lee Spencer III
Courtesy of Burke County Sheriff's Office

More Information Released On Burke County Drug Case, Two Suspects Charged

50-year-old Henry Dwayne Autrey of View Drive in Hickory and 54-year-old Oren Lee Spencer III of Mountain Clearing Lane in Taylorsville were arrested Tuesday (June 28) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers.

Autrey is charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine level III and opiates level III, possession with intent to sell or deliver meth, possession of meth, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. WHKY previously reported on Autrey’s arrest Thursday (June 30). Spencer is charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On Tuesday North Carolina Probation & Parole Officers requested assistance from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division after finding a small amount of methamphetamine during a warrantless search of Henry Dwayne Autrey’s residence on View Drive in Hickory. Probation & Parole Officers also found a firearm in the possession of Spencer, who is a convicted felon.

Once on the scene, Investigators assisted in searching the residence and found approximately 4.73 pounds of meth, 842 Oxycodone tablets, ten firearms including handguns, rifles and shotguns, body armor, drug paraphernalia and U.S. currency. All of these items were reportedly in the possession of Autrey who is currently on probation.

Both suspects were arrested, Autrey received a $155,000 secured bond, he is not listed as an inmate in Burke County. Spencer’s bond was listed at $26,500 secured, he remained in jail as of earlier today (July 1). They were scheduled to make first District Court appearances Thursday (June 30). Both suspects have their next appearances in District Court July 21.