Hudson man called meth 'kingpin'

Aug. 15, 2014 @ 03:55 PM

Investigators say that a Hudson man they are calling a large-scale methamphetamine distributor may have been selling several pounds of meth every week.

Stephen Roger Dean, 25, of Lick Mountain Drive had 2,472 grams -- more than five pounds -- of crystal meth with an estimated street value of $370,800 in his house when agents with the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office Ice unit searched the house on Thursday, officials said in a press release.

Dean is charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling to keep controlled substances. His bond was set at $1 million.

Authorities with the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office and Granite Falls police had been investigating Dean after undercover officers had made several drug buys from him, the press release said.

Also seized in the search of Dean's house were numerous digital scales, a Cadillac DeVille, Honda motorcycle, two dirt bikes, a scooter, flat-screen TVs, furniture, computers, video games, and other personal items.

If convicted, Dean faces a minimum sentence of 21 to 23 years in prison, according to a press release issued by the sheriff's office.

"This was a significant bust for Caldwell County, and the arrest of this kingpin will definitely have an impact on the meth trade," Sheriff Alan Jones said in the press release.