Four people charged in Albemarle man’s death

  • Posted: Monday, August 5, 2013 11:30 a.m.
    UPDATED: Monday, August 5, 2013 11:34 a.m.
Dustin Jolly
Dustin Jolly

Four people, three of whom are from Cabarrus County, have been arrested in connection to an Albemarle man’s death in April 2012.

The investigation began April 22, 2012, when the Stanly County Sheriff’s Department took a report about a suspicious death on Hatley Farm Road in Albemarle. The state medical examiner later determined that William Mitchell Hudson, of Hatley Farm Road, died of acute fentanyl toxicity. Fentanyl is a narcotic pain killer often dispensed as a patch.


The Stanly Sheriff’s office, the State Bureau of Investigation, the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Department and the North Carolina Medical Board conducted a joint investigation into Hudson’s death.

That information led to the arrest on Aug. 2 of Dustin Nicholas Jolly, 26, of Albemarle. Jolly was charged with felonious involuntary manslaughter, felonious possession with the intent to sell and deliver fentanyl patches, and felonious sale and delivery of fentanyl patches.

Jolly was arrested and remains under a $100,000 bond in the Stanly County Detention Center. His first court date is Sept. 9.

Also on Aug. 2, the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, the SBI and the Stanly Sheriff’s Office arrested Leah Christine Glenn, 27; John McLellan Glenn, 35; and David Lynn McLaurin Jr., 28, all in Cabarrus County.

The Glenns are married and run a business in Midland called the Smokin’ Penny, a tobacco store on Highway 24-27 near the intersection with Highway 601. The investigation alleges the Glenns supplied the fentanyl patches to Jolly, who is charged in Hudson’s death. The patches were tracked to a prescription from a Charlotte doctor with a practice on Morehead Street. This doctor is under investigation by the N.C. Medical Board.

Investigators made a series of undercover buys from the Glenns, some of which took place inside their business after Hudson’s death. The Glenns were charged with several drug transactions.

A warrant was issued for the Glenns’ business, where officers found a large amount of cash, prescription dugs and heroin.

The Glenns’ four children, all under the age of 15, were in the business during the search and arrest and were released to the care of a relative.

Leah Glenn is charged with conspiracy to sell or deliver heroin; possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin; two counts of maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance; conspiracy to sell/deliver opiates; and possession with intent to sell and deliver opiates, all felonies. She was placed under $100,000 bond.

John Glenn was charged with nine felonies: two counts conspiracy to sell/deliver heroin; possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin; sale of heroin; delivery of heroin; maintaining a vehicle for the sale and delivery of a controlled substance; two counts of maintaining a dwelling for the sale and delivery of a controlled substance; possession with intent to sell and deliver opiates; selling a controlled substance; and deliver a controlled substance. He was held under a $250,000 bond.

McLaurin was charged with two felonies — conspiracy to sell/deliver heroin and maintaining a vehicle for the sale and delivery of a controlled substance. McLaurin is under a $10,000 bond.

The court date for all three is Sept. 9, as well.

Additional arrests are expected.

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