Pair arrested in separate Bladen County drug busts

Pair arrested in separate Bladen County drug busts
James Thomas, left, and Chris McLean (Source: Bladen County Sheriff's Office)

BLADEN COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - Two men were arrested on drug-related charges following separate busts by narcotics agents with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.

On May 29, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at 341 Hwy 53 W in Elizabethtown. During the search, agents located cocaine, methamphetamine, and drug-manufacturing equipment on the property, deputies say.

James Douglas Thomas, 47, of Elizabethtown, was arrested and charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He was placed in the Bladen County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.

On June 1, the narcotics unit conducted a traffic stop on Christopher Neil McLean, 46, aka “P-Hard,” of Bladenboro, and located methamphetamine, a Taurus handgun, drug-manufacturing equipment, and $1339.00 of U.S. currency during a search of his vehicle.

McLean was charged with maintaining a vehicle to distribute a controlled substance, manufacture methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking methamphetamine, and possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine.

He was booked in jail under a $151,000 bond.

Deputies say both investigations began due to complaints from the community.

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