DOT worker busted in drug sting
A state Department of Transportation worker was charged Monday with drug trafficking after authorities said he sold methadone to an undercover officer.Posted — Updated
Wesley Nelson Carey was charged with five counts of trafficking in methadone and one count each of maintaining a vehicle to keep a controlled substance and dispensing a prescription without a license.
Carey, a dump truck driver with the DOT, was arrested at a road construction site near Selma. He was being held on a $260,000 bond.
DOT spokesman Steve Abbott said the agency was cooperating with law enforcement authorities on the case.
The arrest followed a two-month undercover investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation and the Johnston County Sheriff's Office. Authorities said they purchased 50 methadone pills and found more pills in the cab of a DOT truck.
Methadone is a painkiller that also is used to help heroin addicts break their drug addictions.
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