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Teen, juvenile charged in Mooresville drug sting

An 18-year-old and a juvenile were arrested in Mooresville this week. The 18-year-old faces numerous drug charges. The juvenile had been reported missing from Catawba County.

Griffin C. Murray, 18, was developed as a suspect through weeks of surveillance after the Iredell Sheriff’s Narcotic Division learned about a male selling prescription drugs and high grade marijuana is the Brawley School Road area.

Undercover operations were conducted, with numerous buys from the suspect of hydrocodone, xanax and hydroponic marijuana.

Another buy was scheduled from the suspect on March 24. When he arrived, he had the male juvenile with him. During the buy, the juvenile delivered prescription pills to an undercover officer and both were taken into custody. It was then discovered the juvenile was a teen reported missing from Catawba County.

Murray was charged with five counts of maintaining a vehicle to sell or deliver controlled substances; three counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana; three counts of selling or delivering marijuana; two counts of trafficking opium or heroin; one count of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule III substance; one count of sell or deliver a schedule III substance; one count of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule IV substance; one count of selling or delivering a schedule IV substance; one count of hiring or using a minor to sell a controlled substance; one count of simple possession of marijuana; and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Murray is in the Iredell County Detention Center under $150,000 bond. Charges are pending against the juvenile.

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