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Officers seized 18.4 pounds of marijuana and several guns during the investigation. Photo courtesy of Watauga County Sheriff's Office.

Originally published: 2013-04-02 19:38:16
Last modified: 2013-04-02 19:42:22

Zionville man arrested on longstanding drug warrants

by Staff Reports

A Zionville man was recently arrested on several drug charges, eight months after warrants were filed for his arrest, the Watauga County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday.

Timothy Patrick McConkey, 37, of 346 Seasons Drive, Zionville, was arrested in Asheville with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals, who determined where he was living after leaving Watauga County, according to the sheriff's office.

McConkey was considered a person of interest in an investigation conducted by the Watauga County Sheriff's Office special operations division involving the sale and distribution of substantial amounts of marijuana in western and central North Carolina, the sheriff's office reported. Officers obtained warrants for his arrest in July 2012.

During the investigation, officers seized 18.4 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $92,000.

McConkey was charged with two counts of trafficking in marijuana, two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the sheriff's office. He is scheduled to appear in court May 14.

"Though considered by many to be a harmless drug, many do not see the dangers associated with marijuana traffickers, as characterized by the photo," said Sgt. Jason Zaragoza. "By focusing on the traffickers of any narcotics organization, we hit the organization at its source, making the drug difficult to reach the street-level suppliers, which ultimately prevents the drug from ending up in the hands of our youths."

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