Deputies: Drug Pipeline to Local High School Drying Up
MOORESVILLE, N.C. - 19-year-old Daniel Brown, 19-year-old Thomas Wykoff, 24-year-old Elliott Ziegler and his mom, 48-year-old Denise Mingle, are charged with various drug offenses.
Deputies say the young men, who have all attended Lake Norman High School in the past, were pushing drugs to current students. Drugs including marijuana but also, hallucinogenics, like heroin, LSD and bath salts. "It's (bath salts) dangerous. It makes people basically act outta their mind and this is one of the worst drugs we could see. Any drug is bad, but this is one of the worst we could see, especially on the high school level," says Major Darren Campbell of the Iredell Co. Sheriff's Office.
Mingle, the mom charged in this mess, allegedly knew her kid was dealing. Campbell says, "She was aware of what was going on, that's clear through the undercover officer's case." Mingle and her son posted bond, but no one came to the door of their Mooresville home Tuesday night.
Back at the high school, other parents had no idea. One father told us, "I'm actually a police officer, so it concerns me a great bit and I got two daughters at the school, so, yeah, it's pretty major." A student told us the school has a lot of drug activity, saying, "Yeah, there's a lot." He also says that kids are being questioned: "People have been taken out of classes and stuff and being searched."
A Lake Norman High School representative told WCCB News they had no comment, saying none of the drug deals happened on school grounds. Major Campbell says even though none of their undercover operations happened on campus, "We know that drugs were being bought and sold at the school."
A 15-year-old thought to be the main source of LSD and bath salts for Lake Norman High students is expected to turn himself in Tuesday night. Campbell says after that, more arrests are likely.