38-year-old William Lee France of Davie Avenue in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance (crystal methamphetamine), possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule III controlled substance (Subutex), and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for the sale or use of a controlled substance.
Events leading to France’s arrest began when Investigators received information suggesting that France was living at a motel on Davie Avenue in Statesville and actively distributing narcotics from his room. Undercover surveillance operations verified the information. According to a statement released by the Sheriff’s Office, Investigators were able to purchase crystal meth directly from France in his motel room.
On Wednesday, August 11, Iredell County Narcotics Detectives and Deputies executed a search warrant, leading to the discovery of a quantity of meth. France was taken into custody without incident.
He was jailed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. France will appear in District Court on September 1.
France has a criminal history that includes felony counts of possession of meth, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver heroin, along with three misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana, two misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, and single misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting a public officer.