UPDATE: 100,000 pills ‘one of the largest pill seizures’ ever in Stanly

Published 10:51 am Thursday, September 28, 2023

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Stanly County Sheriff’s Office and Locust Police Department made an arrest last week where more than 100,000 illegal pills were seized.

Following a lengthy joint investigation between the two agencies, detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division and the Locust Police conducted a traffic stop in Locust.

During the stop a large number of schedule II and schedule IV controlled substances were seized from the vehicle. Investigators later conducted a search warrant on a residence in the county where more than 100,000 pills, which were determined to be schedule II and schedule IV controlled substances, were also seized.

Cody Troutman

Cody Glenn Troutman, 32, was arrested and charged with felonies including trafficking, opium or heroin possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver schedule II and IV, maintaining vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sgt. Trent Middlebrook said the pills included multiple types of muscle relaxers, anti-anxiety medicines such as Valium and opioid-based medications, plus others “not controlled under the North Carolina Controlled Substance Act.”

He estimated the street value of the pills to be more than $1 million.

“This is one of the largest pill seizures we have seen in the last few years at the Sheriff’s Office,” he said.