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Wayne fruit stand alleged to be front for drug deals

Posted July 25, 2012 11:49 a.m. EDT
Updated July 25, 2012 12:27 p.m. EDT

— A Wayne County fruit stand was a front for a father and son to illegally deal prescription drugs, authorities said Wednesday.

Larry Wayne Lane, 59, of 211 Beaver Drive in Dudley, was charged with conspiracy to traffic in opiates, two counts of trafficking in opiates and four counts of maintaining a dwelling for the sale of narcotics. He was being held in the Wayne County jail under a $731,000 bond.

Jerry Thomas Lane, 31, of 165 Raynor Mill Road in Mount Olive, was charged with nine counts of trafficking in opiates, one count of selling or delivering controlled substances and four counts of maintaining a dwelling for the sale of narcotics. He was being held under a $1.35 million bond.

After receiving a tip about drug deals occurring at Larry’s Fruit Stand, on U.S. Highway 117 South, undercover state and local investigators conducted several drug buys at the stand, authorities said.