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Cerro Gordo, NC – The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit completed an investigation into the distribution of opiates in the communities of Cerro Gordo and Chadbourn in Columbus County. The defendant resides in Cerro Gordo but has ties with narcotics dealers in Chadbourn.  This investigation originated from numerous citizen complaints.

During the investigation, the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Detectives utilized an undercover operative to purchase four (4) grams of opiates from the defendant.

On April 04, 2018, at the conclusion of the investigation, the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Detectives arrested one individual for the above offense.  The suspect was processed at the Columbus County Law Enforcement Center with a $225,000.00 secured bond.

Defendant 1:

James Cody Stewart
1188 Cherry Grove Road, Cerro Gordo, NC 28430
D.O.B.:  04-19-1988

4 felony counts of Trafficking Opium or Heroin
1 felony count of Maintaining a Vehicle for Use, Storage, or Sale of a Controlled Substance