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  • Press Release / Towns County Sheriff's Office

Drug Arrest On Young Harris Mountain in Towns County

On Sunday, December 10th, during a two-week investigation into drug activity at the Sunoco located on Highway 17 at the North Carolina state line, Towns County Sheriff’s Office drug investigators, K-9, and uniform patrol deputies conducted concentrated patrols and surveillance of the business.


A traffic stop was conducted on Young Harris Mountain by a patrol K-9 unit. The patrol K-9 conducted a free air search and alerted on the vehicle.


Probable cause was developed, and a search of the vehicle resulted in a large quantity of Methamphetamine and pure Fentanyl which was seized and field-tested positive.

Nicholas James Lunsford, age 40, Young Harris, who was an attendant at Sunoco, was arrested and charged with:


• Felony Possession of Methamphetamine

• Felony Possession of Fentanyl

• Felony Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute

• Felony Crossing Guard Lines with Weapon/Drugs/Intoxicants

Sheriff Ken Henderson is proud to get this Fentanyl, which is a very dangerous drug, off the streets. Towns County Sheriff’s Office will continue our concentrated patrols in drug areas.


"All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law."

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