North Wilkesboro Police officers have filed multiple drug charges and recovered a large amount of stolen property after searching a home and a rental storage unit Saturday.
Alvis Whitted Jr., 61, of Fairplains Road, North Wilkesboro, has been charged with one count each of maintaining a dwelling to sell a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II (22 grams of crack cocaine), possession of a firearm by convicted felon, possession of schedule II (oxycodone), possession of schedule II (morphine), possession of schedule II (dextroamphetamine), possession of stolen property, possession with the intent to sell and deliver counterfeit DVDs, and possession of counterfeit monies (three $20 bills).
The police department secured the search warrants after making three undercover drug buys recently.
Members of the department’s narcotics unit and Criminal Investigations Division, along with Major Scott Teague, Chief Joe Rankin, a Wilkes County Sheriff’s deputy, and members of the Wilkesboro Police Department’s drug unit executed the first search warrant at Whitted’s home at 8 a.m. Saturday.
The North Wilkesboro officers, assisted by patrol officers from the Wilkesboro Police Department, then searched a storage unit on Pennell Street in Wilkesboro at 12:30 p.m.
As a result of the investigation, two pickup truck loads of property were seized, including furniture, chain saws, and string trimmers. The property is secured at the Wilkesboro Police Department.
Officers also seized $4,600 in cash along with the drugs.
Investigators from the three departments are checking the property today to determine what property is stolen so that the items can be returned to the owners.
North Wilkesboro officers have already determined that some of the property was taken in a larceny on Hinshaw Street Wednesday, June 20. Teague contacted the owner this morning and advised her that the property had been recovered and would be returned soon.
Whitted was released from the Wilkes County Jail Saturday afternoon after posting a $25,000 bond.
Teague said that the investigation is continuing, and more arrests may be forthcoming.
Rankin expressed thanks to the officers from the Wilkesboro Police Department and the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.
“We embrace the concept of teamwork inside and outside our department,” he said. “With all three department’s having to work harder with less due to the economy, this is a great example of team work.”