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from left: Jonathan Micheal Boggs & Matthew Paul Starnes
courtesy of Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office

Two Arrested on Felony Drug Charges in Lincoln County

51-year-old Jonathan Micheal Boggs of South Laurel Street in Lincolnton and 37-year-old Matthew Paul Starnes of Hickory have both been arrested on felony drug charges by Lincoln County Narcotics Officers in connection to separate incidents.

Boggs was charged with two felony counts each of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession with the intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver a schedule VI controlled substance. He was also charged with one count of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. Starnes was charged with three felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine.

On November 2, Investigators arrested Boggs following a lengthy investigation. After employing surveillance and other investigative techniques, Officers executed a search warrant at Boggs’ residence. They seized two pounds of marijuana and 4.5 pounds of T.H.C. edibles, along with $7,620 in cash.

items seized during Boggs arrest
courtesy of Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office

In a separate incident on November 9, Narcotics Investigators operating on a tip stopped a vehicle for a motor vehicle violation on Startown Road in Lincoln County. During the stop, a Lincolnton Police K-9 was brought to the scene. The K-9 alerted to the odor of drugs in the vehicle. At that point, the driver, Matthew Starnes, threw two pounds of meth out the passenger window. The suspect then reportedly tried to dispose of two more pounds of meth by dumping it inside the vehicle. Officers recovered four pounds of meth with a street value of approximately $20,000.

Following their arrests, both suspects were placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center. Bond for Boggs was set at $30,000, secured. Starnes was given a $500,000 secured bond. Boggs will appear in District Court on November 29. Starnes has a court date on December 6.