24-year-old Quinton Payne Palmer Whitesides of Lincolnton and 23-year-old Dale Austin Turnmire of Denver, N.C., were arrested Tuesday (May 3) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers.
Whitesides is charged with eight counts of trafficking schedule I controlled substance (fentanyl), conspiracy to traffic fentanyl, and two counts apiece of possession with intent to sell and deliver fentanyl, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance, and probation violation. Turnmire is charged with five counts of trafficking fentanyl, conspiracy to traffic fentanyl, possession with intent to sell and deliver fentanyl, and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators identified the two suspects as alleged suppliers of fentanyl. Investigators from the Lincoln and Cleveland County Sheriff’s Offices formed a joint operation that reportedly led to undercover purchases of fentanyl from the suspects.
On Tuesday, Lincoln and Cleveland County Sheriff’s Officers, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Swat Team and North Carolina Probation and Parole executed a buy/bust operation that led to the arrests of the suspects. During the operation officers seized 56 grams of fentanyl with a street value of $10,000.
Whitesides was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $350,000 secured bond. Turnmire was jailed in the same facility under a $215,000 secured bond. They remained in jail as of earlier today (May 4). They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today.