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Mary Carpenter Fletcher
Courtesy of Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Woman Charged With Hydrocodone Trafficking

53-year-old Mary Carpenter Fletcher of Bessemer City was arrested Thursday (December 14) on charges filed in Lincoln County. She’s charged with four counts of trafficking hydrocodone by transport, possession, and sale.

In June of 2022, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators received information that Fletcher was selling large amounts of hydrocodone in and around the Lincoln County area.

Narcotics officers began an investigation and reportedly made large purchases of hydrocodone from Fletcher by using an undercover officer. In August of 2023, the case went to the Lincoln County Grand Jury where indictments were handed down for the arrest of Fletcher.

On Thursday, the U. S. Marshal’s Service Regional Fugitive Task Force found and arrested Fletcher and brought her back to Lincoln County. She was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $300,000 secured bond. She remained in jail as of earlier today (December 15). The investigation is continuing by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division and more arrests are expected.