Three Montgomery County residents among 25 arrested in drug sting

Three Montgomery County residents are among 25 people arrested in a prescription drug sting based in Stanly County.

Clinton Rayvon Smith, Jr., Janice Locklear Steele and John Quincy Young (l-r) were arrested in July 2014 as part of a prescription drug sting based in Stanly Co., N.C. (Stanly Co. Sheriff's Office photos)

Clinton Rayvon Smith, Jr., Janice Locklear Steele and John Quincy Young (l-r) were arrested in July 2014 as part of a prescription drug sting based in Stanly Co., N.C. (Stanly Co. Sheriff’s Office photos)

According to published reports, the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office, Albemarle Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation spearheaded the 15-month effort to catch people diverting prescription drugs. A source told WMTG investigators in Montgomery County also assisted in the effort.

Among those arrested were three people living in Montgomery County…

Clinton Rayvon Smith, Jr., 22, of Landfill Rd. was charged with three counts each of selling a Schedule II controlled substance, delivering a Schedule II controlled substance, and possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance.

Janice Locklear Steele, 58, of Mount Gilead was charged with two counts of trafficking opium or heroin, three counts of simple possession of a Schedule III substance, and five counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

John Quincy Young, 57, of Troy was charged with six counts of trafficking opium or heroin and three counts of maintaining a vehicle to distribute a controlled substance.

Authorities said bonds for the 25 suspects were set from $1,500 to $2.5 million, and information about court dates was not immediately available.

The investigation began in April 2013, and additional arrests are expected as a result of the operation. Officers say those wishing to report illicit sales of prescription drugs should contact the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office or local law enforcement.

Click here to read a story in the Stanly News & Press, including the identities and mug shots of all those arrested.

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