Fred Yount Jr. of Granite Falls called 'high-level' drug deal

Mar. 15, 2014 @ 10:37 AM

A months-long investigation by the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office ended in the arrest Wednesday of a Granite Falls man whom the sheriff's office is accusing of being a high-level drug dealer.

A search warrant was issued after undercover officers several times bought methamphetamine from Fred Lee Yount Jr., 36, of Petra Mill Road, a press release from the sheriff's office said. Yount was arrested as he was leaving his house in a 1998 Ford pickup. A search of his truck turned up more than four ounces of meth with a street value of $18,555, the sheriff's office said. The sheriff's office seized the truck, as well as a 1969 Chevrolet truck.

Yount was charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine and felony maintaining a vehicle to keep or store a controlled substance. A $250,000 secured bond was issued and he was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center.

Yount was on probation from a 2012 conviction in Burke County on a felony charge of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.