BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A former Bladen County Sheriff's deputy and his son are behind bars and accused of operating a drug trafficking organization in our area.
A nine page affidavit outlines the elaborate and expensive drug operation that was operated out of Southeastern North Carolina.
According to court documents, Lee Guy and his son Christian were at the center of an investigation headed up by the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
A confidential informant told federal investigators that Guy was the mastermind behind the drug operation. He allegedly had about ten subordinates working for him in our area.
According to federal court documents, Guy had some of those people making a number of trips into Tucson, Arizona to pick up large amounts of marijuana. The illegal drugs were then driven back into North Carolina and were allegedly being distributed in and around Bladen County and Robeson County.
Guy told the informant he had been dealing marijuana for the past year. He admitted to organizing and coordinating the transportation of about 10,000 to 12,000 pounds of marijuana into Bladen and Robeson counties.
The affidavit mentions a number of "meetings" held by Guy. It also said Guy would have the drugs examined during these "meetings" and would talk about future plans to make the trip back west to pick up more drugs. The car that was used to drive across the country was registered in the informant's name.
Evidence was presented to federal investigators and they soon decided to attach GPS tracking devices to the vehicles that were making the trips out west.
On October 24, 2012, the informant, along with his wife and another man, hopped in the car and drove across country to Arizona. During his trip, the informant called investigators to check-in so they could make sure his allegations against Guy were matching up with the GPS track system. According to the affidavit, everything matched.
Guy was apparently buying his drugs from "stash houses." These houses are operated by Mexican sources. One of the men accused in this operation reported to the informant that one of the stash houses did not have a good product and suggested they look elsewhere for their purchases.
Search warrants were soon obtained by agents so they could look through one of the stash houses in Arizona. Agents also searched the hotel room they were staying in during their trip. They found marijuana, packaging material, scales and numerous weapons during their search.
One of the men involved in the trip was arrested in Arizona after he refused to cooperate with authorities. The informant called Guy, who was in NC, to let him know about the arrest. According to the affidavit, Guy instructed the informant to drive back to Bladen County with the vehicle.
When they returned, Guy was allegedly having a tough time finding a new source for the marijuana. An undercover detective then posed as a new drug dealer for Guy.
The informant needed to receive payment for his trip to Arizona, according to the documents. The informant was then wired with a microphone and camera by detectives. He then met with Guy to record the transaction and conversation. The documents note the two met at Guy's business located at 803 North Main Street in Bladenboro, NC.
During the meeting, the two talked about past purchases and the drug operation he was running out of the area.
Guy then flew the informant and other undercover detectives back out to Arizona to find a new source for the drugs.
Detectives gathered enough evidence over the course of their investigation that they could then arrest Guy and anyone else who played a part in the ring.
Both Guy and his son are charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 200 kilograms of marijuana. Court documents also list Jimmy Clark as being a part of the drug operation.
Lee Guy worked at the Bladen County Sheriff's Office for a short time. A public information request made by WECT.com shows he was employed there from Sept. 1994 until April 2000.
According to Highway Patrol, Guy was a trooper for NC Highway Patrol. He started in 2003 and was terminated in September 2006 for disciplinary reasons. Authorities said he was a full status trooper on roads in our area.
The affidavit also mentioned Guy's girlfriend, Shannon Singletary. Detectives apparently followed a number of cars to Singletary's home during some of the drug transactions. There's been no word on whether or not Singletary will face any charges in this case.
Both Guy and his son requested federal court appointed attorneys this week.
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