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CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. -- An investigation into a woman police call a longtime local drug dealer has come to a close, says the Caldwell County Sheriff s Office.

Deputies arrested Lisa McCreary Durant, 48, after executing a search warrant at her home in the 4400 block of Summer Way in Lenoir on Tuesday.

Durant faces a range of new felony drug charges following. Police say began investigating her ten months ago for complaints of selling marijuana and prescription pills. Detectives say with the help of a confidential informant, they managed to make controlled purchases of illegal narcotics from Durant at her house.

Since the investigation began, the sheriff s office says officers seized 228 Hydrocodone pills, 115 Alprazolam pills, five Oxycodone pills, 15 Endocet pills, 194 grams of marijuana, one marijuana plant, $1,900 in cash, a surveillance camera, digital weighing scales, packaging materials and other drug paraphernalia. The drugs have a street value of $6,040, according to North Carolina State Guidelines.

Durant is charged with eight drug-related felonies. She was booked into the Caldwell County Detention Center on a $100,000 secured bond. Durant was already convicted three times for drugs prior to this.

Police arrested a second suspect while searching Durant s home. Jessica Kincaid, 29, was taken into custody for controlled substance violations.

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