Women arrested in trafficking of opiates

Aug. 22, 2013 @ 06:51 PM

Wendy Elizabeth Alexander, 48, of Ozzie Drive in Bostic, and Kimberly Atchley Wheat, 43, of Duncard Church Road in Rutherfordton, were arrested Tuesday for trafficking opiates.

Around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, off-duty Forest City Police Capt. Chris Lovelace observed what he suspected to be a drug deal in the parking lot of Dollar General located at 178 Highway 74 Business in Bostic.

“While I was off-duty I witnessed suspicious activity at the dollar store and called one of our officers, who came and was able to locate the drugs there on the two people in the car,” Lovelace said on Wednesday.

According to the officer’s report, law enforcement searched Alexander’s 2007 Volkswagen Jetta and seized $5,376 and 81 pills of oxycodone, 10 of which she attempted to give to Wheat.

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From officers’ understanding, the two women are acquaintances.

Alexander was arrested for trafficking opiates, selling or delivering a schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances. She received a $100,000 unsecured bond.

Wheat was arrested for trafficking opiates, possession of a schedule V controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She received a $51,000 unsecured bond.

“The result of these arrests was actually an off-duty officer witnessing the incident, calling it in and getting our officers to respond. I have to commend him for that,” said Forest City Police Chief Jay Jackson. “We always say that cops are never really off, and this is a prime example of that.”