Vale couple arrested for selling drugs while child present

VALE, N.C. -- A couple has been arrested for selling large amounts of drugs while their small child was present, according to Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. 

According to narcotic detectives, during an undercover buy Betsy May Carpenter, 32, counted out and sold opiate-based pills as an undercover detective sat beside her two-year-old son.

The operation led to detectives seizing more than 50 grams of opiate-based pills from the couple.

"The couple did not blink an eye when selling us the pills, all the while their young child present," said Narcotics Lieutenant Jon Propst. "These trafficking charges are some of the most severe state-level drug charges someone can receive." 

The detectives said the residence was unfit to live in with cockroaches everywhere and the outside of the residence being in 'horrible shape.' 

"After seeing the living condition of the home and understanding the dangers associated with drug activity, especially drug sales, we decided to act much quicker than normal," said Propst. "At that point the child's safety became priority over continuing a drug investigation." 

The Lincoln County Department of Social Services Child Protective Services has placed the child with another couple to watch temporarily, according to officials. 

James Steven Fredell, 38, and Carpenter wer charged with felony counts of trafficking opiates by sell, trafficking opiates by delivery along with multiple related drug charges. They were both charged with one misdemeanor count of child abuse.

Both are scheduled for a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court on Wednesday.



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