5 charged in Rowan County opium trafficking conspiracy

5 charged in Rowan County opium trafficking conspiracy

Credit: Rowan County Sheriff's Office

Samuel Lee Knotts

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 1:00 PM

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Five people were arrested in Rowan County on Wednesday on opium trafficking charges.

The Rowan County Sheriff's Office executed a state warrants at 355 Fox Run Road in Salisbury and 1105 Percy Lane in Rockwell, following up on a previous search of the residence and traffic stop resulting in arrests on February 7.

During the traffic stop and subsequent search of Ricky Shackleford's residence on February 7, authorities seized approximately 1000 Opioid prescription drugs and more than $17,000 in cash. Officials say ledgers containing descriptions of the sales of large amounts of Opioids were also found in Shackleford's possession.

The drugs were obtained through legal prescriptions, according to the sheriff's office.

Shackleford, 51, is charged with conspiracy to traffic opium, maintaining a dwelling and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Also arrested at 355 Fox Run Road were Nicole Doris Clark, 32, and 26-year-old Steven Daniel Kenneway. Both are charged with conspiracy to traffic opium and trafficking opium by possession. 

Paul Sylvester Burgess, 73, and 37-year-old Samuel Lee Knotts were arrested following the search of 1105 Percy Lane. Burgess is charged with conspiracy to traffic opium, while Knotts faces conspiracy to traffic opium and trafficking opium by possession and transportation.

Shackleford and Knotts were both placed under a $75,000 bond, Clark's bond is set at $50,000, and both Kenneway and Burgess were booked in under a $20,000 bond.

The investigation into the trafficking conspiracy continues, officials say.

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