The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division is committed to helping the citizens of Cleveland
County stop the devastating effects of drug trafficking and drug abuse in Cleveland County. It is the mission of
the Narcotics Division to identify those involved in drug activity and develop prosecutable cases against such
The Narcotics Division's responsibilities involve the investigation of illegal street drugs, illegal distribution
of pharmaceutical medications, and investigations of person(s) obtaining controlled substances (drugs) by fraud
and/or deceit, prostitution, gambling, and alcohol violations. These investigations are coordinated with the use of
undercover officers or informants, the execution of search warrants, and working jointly with state and federal
The Narcotics Division is under the command of a Lieutenant and directly supervised by a Sergeant. The division is
comprised of one Lieutenant, one Sergeant, and five investigators, of which one is assigned to the FBI's Criminal
Enterprise Task Force (CETF). The CETF primary mission is to conduct investigations focused on the identification,
disruption, and dismantlement of Organized Criminal Enterprises involved in transnational drug trafficking in
Cleveland, Gaston, and Mecklenburg Counties.
The Narcotics Division has seized the following types of Illegal Drugs:
- Cocaine (both in powder and rock form)
- MDMA (Ecstasy)
- Anabolic Steroids
- Numerous types of prescription medication
Since 2002, the Narcotics Division has recorded record seizures in Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Ecstasy, Marijuana,
and video poker machines. There has also been a record number of Meth Labs seized during this time as well.
Some of the highlights include: Arrested over 250 drug dealers. Seized $2.2 million dollars in drugs have been
seized along with 32 vehicles. Conducted operations Sleigh Ride with Kings Mountain PD and Fresh Start targeting
street level drug dealers resulting in the arrests of 237 people on a total of 897 felony and misdemeanor charges.
Conducted operation RX which was directed towards those dealing prescription medications. Worked with State and
Federal authorities developing OCDETF cases into major drug conspiracy cases. These cases lead investigators to
Texas, Canada, and Mexico. Conducted a Methamphetamine Conspiracy case which was worked with the SBI, FBI, DEA and
Cherokee SC Sheriff's Office resulting in 27 people being indicted on federal drug charges. Confiscated 24
Methamphetamine Labs Investigations into illegal Video Poker Machines have lead to the confiscation of 175 machines
and over $600,000 in illegal gambling money.
Narcotics Division Contact Information
Narcotics Unit 704-484-4831 or 704-484-4987
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