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Posted on: February 2, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Statesville man charged with numerous felony drug crimes.


Sheriff Darren Campbell stated: On Friday, January 29, 2021, investigators with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit with assistance from the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) executed a search warrant and served arrest warrants on Corry Drive. The target of the investigation James Faron Morrison of 2625 East Greenbriar Road, Statesville

 This investigation started with Narcotics Investigators received information about Morrison distributing narcotics from his vehicle on a dirt portion of Corry Drive off of Twin Oaks Road.

 Surveillance operations were established in the Twin Oaks Road, Corry Drive area. During the operation, narcotics investigators utilized drones to watch the suspect, and his activities. From the observation of the traffic patterns in the area near the suspect, and drone surveillance footage, investigators were able to confirm Morrison was in fact distributing narcotics from his vehicle on Corry Drive, and one at least one occasion, Morrison was armed with a rifle.

 When the warrants were executed, investigators located James Faron Morrison to be in possession of 84.1 grams of “Crack” Cocaine, 30.9 grams of power Cocaine and 229.61 grams of Marijuana, five rifles, two handguns, and an amount of U.S. Currency related to narcotics trafficking. The street value of the narcotics seized was over 16,000.00 dollars.      

 Morrison was arrested and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was charged with: Three Counts of Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Felony Trafficking by Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance 

(Cocaine and Crack Cocaine), Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule VI 

Controlled Substance (Marijuana), Two Counts of Felony Maintaining a Vehicle for the Sale or Use of a Controlled Substance. Morrison appeared before Magistrate S. Watkins who issued a 160,000.00 dollars secured bond on these charges.

 Sheriff Campbell added, “This case is the result of citizens, and detectives working together. The community members were tired of this activity in their neighborhood. They trusted us to take this information and turn it into a great case. This case also proves we will use new surveillance technologies on our drones to watch, and record these drug dealers, which makes even better cases. We want dealers to know, we are watching them, and this investigation proves it”.


James Faron Morrison 54 Years Old

2625 East Greenbriar Road

Statesville, North Carolina 28625


 Criminal history: Misdemeanor Show Cause, Misdemeanor Possession of Stolen Goods, Misdemeanor Larceny, Misdemeanor Communicating Threats, DWI Level 5, Misdemeanor Resisting a Public Officer.



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