CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. -- A month-long investigation into a trafficking ring netted the seizure of nearly $50,000 worth of methamphetamine and two arrests.
Authorities monitored 31-year-old Tawana Mae Sparks, of Hudson, and 33-year-old Jared Williams Pardue, of Zionville, for some time.
When investigators say they learned both suspects were returning from a trip were they'd picked a new batch of methamphetamine, officers made their move.
Agents with the Ice Unit and officers from the Lenoir Police Department were able to "pin" the suspects down at an undisclosed location in Hudson on Friday, a Caldwell County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit conducted a search of the suspects' vehicle.
The K-9 alerted officers to the presence of drugs inside the 1997 Acura, leading agents to discover three-fourths of a pound of meth hidden inside a spare tire. Officials say the meth was packed in several bags, wrapped inside of pillow cases and towels
According to the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, the value of the seized drugs is more than $47,000.
Pardue was arrested and charged with one count each of felonious trafficking in methamphetamine by possession, felonious trafficking in methamphetamine by transportation and felonious maintain a vehicle to keep or store a controlled substance. His bonds were set at $150,000.
Sparks faces the same charges. She was booked in to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $100,000 bond.