RALEIGH — Two Bladen County men were arrested recently in Lumberton and charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.
One of the men, Lee Guy, worked previously as a Bladen County sheriff’s deputy and trooper with the state Highway Patrol, according to the Fayetteville Observer. Guy last worked for the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office in 2000, Capt. Rodney Hester told the paper.
According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Guy and his son Christian Guy, both of Bladenboro, were arrested at a Lumberton home after the State Bureau of Investigation and a Homeland Security set up undercover operations to buy drugs from the pair.
According to the criminal complaint, Lee Guy led a drug operation for more than a year and coordinated the transportation of more than 10,000 pounds of marijuana from Tucson, Ariz., to Bladen and Robeson counties.
The affidavit says that authorities learned of the operation on Oct. 23 when an informant told the SBI and Assistant Special Agent in Charge J.L. Crawford of Homeland Security that he had driven to Tuscon to pick up 180 pounds of marijuana and transported it back to North Carolina to give to Lee Guy.
According to the paper, authorities in Tuscon had arrested Lee Guy’s supplier and Tuscon, Ariz., and Raleigh agents decided on Nov. 1 to have a Homeland Security agent pose as a supplier named “Carlos.”
On Nov. 19, at about 6:30 a.m. authorities watched Carlos meet with Christian Guy and Lee Guy at a truck stop to purchase the marijuana, according to the paper. The paper said after Christian and Lee Guy bought the drugs, lawmen followed them to a Lumberton home on N.C. 41 and made the arrests.
Both men appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Raleigh before Magistrate Judge James D. Gates for a preliminary hearing and detention hearing. The court found probable cause to order both men to remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Office.
Both men requested court-appointed public defenders. Lee Guy will be represented by Gerald Beaver of the Fayetteville law firm of Beaver, Holt, Strenlicht and Courie, P.A. There was no information on who will represent Christian Guy.
Erin Smith, a staff writer with the Bladen Journal, contributed to this report.