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Conover probe produces drug arrests

March 22, 2012

A lengthy neighborhood investigation led to the arrest of two Conover citizens on drug charges, and police say more charges are pending on additional suspects.

Police served three search warrants last week at multiple homes along 8th Avenue SW in Conover after an investigation that stemmed from citizen concerns.

Freddie Henry Powell, 45, and Salvador Sanchez Gore, 29, were both arrested and charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II narcotics.

Both suspects live adjacent to one another along the 100 block of 8th Avenue SW and do know each other, said Conover Police Capt. Eric Loftin.

Officers seized several firearms during the raids, along with cocaine and marijuana with a street value of about $5,000, according to a Conover Police Department press release.

The investigation into the three homes stemmed from numerous complaints about heavy traffic in and out of the residences at odd hours, Loftin said.

“It’s an ongoing investigation, and we’re going to continue working on things like this with the community to rid the streets of drugs, weapons and criminals,” Loftin said.

Conover police say further charges are pending on additional suspects.

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Newton Police Department, Hickory Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Burke County Sheriff’s Office all helped serve the warrants March 15.

Loftin said the coordination between departments is crucial, especially during meek financial times.

“We had a lot of collaboration amongst the different agencies to get those drugs, weapons and criminals off the street,” Loftin said.

Loftin said the department appreciates the citizen tips and urges anyone who sees something suspicious to contact the police department.

He said the Southwest Community Watch, which reported the suspicious activity, is Conover’s longest-active community watch group.

“We encourage everyone to be that 'nosy' neighbor,” he said. “We would rather people call and not be needed rather than someone not call and be needed.”

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