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A drug investigation that began in December involving two Caldwell County men has come to a close with their arrests, Caldwell County Sheriff Alan C. Jones announced Thursday.
The first suspect, Kevin Michael Hartley, 29, of Hudson was arrested on April 22, and charged with two counts each of felony possession with intent to sell/deliver methamphetamine, sell methamphetamine, deliver methamphetamine, and maintain a vehicle to keep/store a controlled substance.
The second suspect, Christopher Scott Haas, 34, also of Hudson, was arrested on May 8, and charged with one count each of the same controlled substance violations.
Police told WBTV the investigation began when an undercover officer infiltrated Hartley's organization and purchased methamphetamine from Haas in December of 2012. The undercover officer then met the source, Kevin Hartley, and conducted two undercover purchases of methamphetamine from him, once in December and the second in January 2013.
On the day Hartley was arrested, an additional amount of methamphetamine, along with packaging materials and digital scales, were found and seized from the vehicle he was driving. Agents say they believe that Hartley was supplying a lot of people in Caldwell County with methamphetamine and that Haas was one of the runners.
Police say other suspects have been identified and more arrests are anticipated.
During the investigation, over a half ounce of methamphetamine, a 2010 Chevrolet Z71 truck, digital weighing scales, packaging material, and covert safes were seized. The total value of the meth seized has a value over $2,000, according to North Carolina State Guidelines.
Hartley was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center and placed under a $400,000 secured bond. He has an appearance in District Court in Lenoir on May 14.
Haas was also taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center. He was placed under a $25,000 secured bond, and has a first appearance in District Court in Lenoir on May 9.