FROM STAFF REPORTS

A Troutman man faces a half-dozen felony drug charges as the result of an investigation by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.

Christopher Gandt

Sheriff Darren Campbell announced the arrest of Christopher Michael Gandt, 48, in a news release Friday.

The ICSO began investigating after narcotics investigators information about Gandt possibly being involved in the sale, and distribution of different types of controlled substances in southern Iredell County, Campbell said.

After beginning a surveillance operation, investigators quickly verified the information and soon thereafter purchased narcotics directly from Gandt, according to the news release.

On Thursday, August 6, narcotics investigators, members of the ICSO Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team and patrol deputies executed a search warrant looking for illegal narcotics at Gandt’s residence at 145 Thoroughbred Drive, the sheriff said.

Investigators located 30 dosage units of LSD, 116 grams of marijuana, 482 grams of THC resin or “wax,” 7.75 grams of powder cocaine, and 402 grams of psychedelic mushrooms during the search, according to the news release.

Gandt was arrested on scene and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center, where he was charged with two counts of felony possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance, felony possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, two counts of felony possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, and felony maintaining a dwelling for the use or storage of a controlled substance.

Magistrate Nethken issued a $20,000 secured bond on these charges.

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