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Selena Nicole Burleson

Originally published: 2014-04-04 14:33:50
Last modified: 2014-04-09 13:26:27

Avery woman charged in Watauga drug bust

by Staff Reports

On Wednesday, Narcotics Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff's Office seized trafficking levels of Vicodin, a Schedule III narcotic pain medication that contains hydrocodone/acetaminophen, following an undercover operation, according to a release issued by WCSO.


The narcotics seizure was precipitated by two undercover operations, which detectives purchased Vicodin from the suspect, Selena Nicole Burleson, the release said.


 During the final operation, Burleson had her 4-year-old daughter present while trafficking levels of pain medication was sold to the undercover officer, according to the release.


Detectives approached Burleson following the undercover operation and placed her into custody while arrangements were made to have her daughter picked up. 


According to the release, Selena Nicole Burleson, 35, of 7134 Hickory Nut Gap, Banner Elk, was charged with two counts of trafficking opium/heroin by possession, two counts of trafficking opium/heroin by transportation, two counts of trafficking opium/heroin by sell, possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance, simple possession schedule II controlled substance, and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. 

A total of 92 and a half Vicodin tablets, six oxycodone tablets, and seven Xanax tablets were seized during the operation.  The estimated street value for all seized illegal prescription medication is approximately $800. 


Burleson was taken to the Watauga County Detention Facility in lieu of a $75,000 secured bond.  Burleson is scheduled to appear in District Court on May 16.