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Suspect Recently Released From Prison Arrested On Felony Drug Charges

31-year-old Zachery George Stephenson of Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 1) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, & deliver schedule III controlled substance, and possession of schedule II controlled substance.

Stephenson was arrested shortly after 2:00 a.m. at a location on Icard Rhodhiss Road at Bailey Road in Connelly Springs. He was brought to the Burke County Jail following his arrest.

Stephenson was on post release status. He was convicted in Caldwell County of felony counts of trafficking schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell schedule II controlled substance, and possession of schedule II controlled substance. He was convicted on October 7, 2019 and released from prison in September, 2023.

Following the arrest Monday, Stephenson was placed in jail without Bond. Bond was later set at $95,000 secured.

[Photo of Stephenson courtesy of Burke County P2C website]