10 charged in Lincoln County undercover drug operation dubbed ‘Summer Time Blues’ | News

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LINCOLNTON – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit charged 10 Thursday with various drug offenses after the completion of several narcotics investigations, according to a press release.

The undercover and surveillance operation dubbed, “Summer Time Blues,” targeted individuals selling a wide range of drugs, including opioids, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.

The investigations took place in eastern, western and central Lincoln County, according to detectives. During one investigation, more than a half pound of cocaine was seized in the process of multiple purchases.

Detectives also seized multiple trafficking amounts of opioid pain pills, over a pound and a half of marijuana and several small amounts of methamphetamine.

Four suspects have been obtained by the sheriff’s office and have been charged:

» Bobby Marshall Bailes, 78, of Vale, was charged with three felony counts each of selling and delivering methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine. 

» Tracey Dwayne Messer, 22, of Lincolnton, was charged with one felony count each of trafficking opium/heroin by sell, trafficking opium/heroin by deliver, trafficking opium/heroin by transport, trafficking opium/heroin by possession, selling and delivering amphetamine, selling and delivering oxycodone, selling and delivering cocaine, selling and delivering marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver opium/heroin, amphetamine, oxycodone, cocaine, marijuana, and a schedule II controlled substance.

» Robert Gregory Summey, 46, of Lincolnton, was charged with one felony count each of selling and delivering oxycodone, selling and delivering diazepam, possession with intent to sell and deliver oxycodone, and possession with intent to sell and deliver diazepam.  He was also charged with two felony counts each of selling and delivering marijuana and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. 

» Angela Gale Hall, 40, of Lincolnton, was charged with one felony count each of conspiring to sell and deliver methamphetamine and obtaining property by false pretense.

Messer was issued a $250,000 secured bond, Summey was issued a $32,000 secured bond, Bailes was issued a $30,000 secured bond, and Hall was issued a $23,000 secured bond.

Six suspects have been charged and remain at large:

» Caleb Lane Mitchem, 21, of Lincolnton, has been charged with three felony counts each of trafficking cocaine by sell, trafficking cocaine by deliver, trafficking cocaine by transport, and trafficking cocaine by possession.  Mitchem also faces four felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and one felony count of selling and delivering cocaine. 

» Lisa Walker Leonhardt, 52, of Vale, has been charged with three felony counts each of selling and delivering methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine.

» Joseph Dale Arrington, 25, of Hickory, has been charged with two felony counts each of trafficking opium/heroin by sell, trafficking opium/heroin by deliver, trafficking opium,/heroin by transport, trafficking opium/heroin by possession, and possession with intent to sell and deliver opium/heroin.

» Desmond Tyrell Izard, 18, of Vale, has been charged with one felony count each of selling and delivering a schedule VI controlled substance and possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule VI controlled substance. 

» Kyle Williamson Auten, 32, of Gastonia, has been charged with one felony count each of selling and delivering a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance.

» Spencer Ramon Woods, 21, Of Gastonia, has been charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. 

Residents are urged to report any suspicious drug activity to the Drug Tip Line at 704-736-8606 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.  All callers can remain anonymous and all tips are investigated. 

If your Crime Stoppers tip leads to an arrest you could receive a reward of up to $1,000.