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.