14 Sep

A sheriff’s candidate and his son have been arrested and accused of committing drug crimes in Caldwell County. The 63-year-old man and his 30-year-old son were brought into custody by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office after an investigation into their activities that lasted a month.

The arrests were the result of an undercover operation conducted by both the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigations. Allegedly, covert law enforcement agents purchased illegal marijuana from the man and his son.

Agents and deputies conducted a search of the duo’s home last Wednesday, allegedly finding digital scales, ledgers, drug paraphernalia, packaging materials and individually packaged marijuana. They also claim they found cash and a .30-30 rifle.

There have not been any reports as to whether the men have acquired attorneys to represent them. As of last reports, after being jailed, they were held on $15,000 secured bond.

As with any person accused of a drug crime, there’s no way to tell — based on news reports alone — what the true facts are relating to the allegations. In this case, therefore, we must wait before we cast judgment on the accused persons — because more information could be revealed during the criminal proceedings. However, one thing is certain: These allegations will not bode well for this sheriff’s candidate’s run for office.

If you’ve been accused of a drug crime — no matter the circumstances of your arrest — make sure you understand the laws that apply to your case, the facts and evidence surrounding the charges and how to appropriately defend yourself against the allegation in court.