Two Arrested After Man Arranges To Sell Drugs To Off-Duty Iredell County Deputy

IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. — Two men have been arrested after authorities say one of the men arranged a meeting to sell drugs to an off-duty Iredell County Sheriff’s deputy.

According to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, on Tueday, September 3rd, 2019, and off-duty deputy received a message from 27-year-old Darius Jajuan Torrence, stating that he had Subutex for sale.

The deputy notified Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics investigators and continued to engage Torrence about the sale of the Subutex. Torrence told the deputy he had 50 Subutex to sell for five dollars per strip.

With assistance from narcotics investigators, the deputy made arrangements to meet Torrence at the Loves Truck Stop located at 229 Mocksville Highway, in Iredell County.

Two deputies were in the area of Mocksville Highway, when the observed a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle Torrence said he would be in.

One of the deputies stopped the vehicle and met with Torrence, who was driving, and a passenger, 23-year-old Donovan Eli Lucien Paquette.

A further investigation determined Torrence never had the Subutex, and admitted that he was going to take the money from the person he arranged to meet.

Torrence said he did not know the person he was messaging was a law enforcement officer.

Donovan Paquette told authorities he gave Torrence $140 to buy the Subutex.  He stated that the drove to the Loves Truck Stop to get more money so that Torrence could buy the Subutex from a pharmacy.

Torrence was charged with Felony Conspiracy Sell and Deliver Schedule III, and Attempting Obtaining Property False Pretense. Magistrate P.  He was issued a 7,500.00 dollars secured bond.

Paquette was charged with Felony Conspiracy Sell and Deliver Schedule III, and served an outstanding Order for Arrest for Failure to Appear on Driving While License revoked and Displaying Fictitious Tag. He was given a 6,000.00 dollars secured bond.

Sheriff Campbell added, “From our past experiences in narcotics investigations, we have seen people who engage in drug sales, or alleged drug sales like in this matter, arrange to meet the unsuspecting drug buyers, only to take their money, and drive away or rob them by force after they have met. Our deputy thinking, and acting fast last night helped possibly save someone from getting robbed”.