Raid nets guns, pills and cash

Police seized large quantities of pills, cash and guns from an elderly Newton man’s home on Thursday during a raid that involved three local departments.

Frank Callahan, 77, of 846 Crestway Drive in Newton, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver schedule II narcotics after authorities found 42 Oxycodone pills, 19 guns and about $5,000 in cash at his residence.

The raid followed an undercover operation in which Callahan sold drugs to undercover officers, said Newton Police Maj. Kevin Yarborough.

“I don’t think it was a large-scale situation, and I think this was an individual issue,” Yarborough said. “Undercover buys were made and he was selling to undercover officers. It climaxed to the point where a search warrant was executed and pills and cash were recovered.”

The Catawba County and Lincoln County sheriff’s offices worked in coordination with Newton Police Department to serve the warrant, Yarborough said.

Callahan was released on bond, and his first court date was continued to March 23, according to information provided by the Catawba County Clerk of Court’s office.