Woman Charged With Trafficking Opium In Lenoir

LENOIR, N.C. — Detectives with the Lenoir Police Department say Elizabeth Lewis, 29, was arrested for possession of illegal drugs after police searched her car following a routine traffic stop on November 20th.

Police say Lewis is charged with one count of felony trafficking opium, one count of felony maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, one count of felony possession and distribution of heroin, and one count of driving with a revoked license, according to a news release.

Investigators say Lewis was pulled over in her 2005 Jeep Cherokee around 2 a.m. for a traffic violation, when a K9 officer conducted a sniff of her car for the presence of illegal narcotics.

After the K9 alerted police there were illegal drugs in the car, police say they searched the vehicle and found eight grams of suspected fentanyl, six xanax pills, money, and drug paraphernalia, according to a news release.

Police say Lewis was searched again at the Caldwell County Detention Center and officers found an additional .8 grams of methamphetamine on her, according to a news release.

Officers say the value of the narcotics taken, according to North Carolina Drug Guidelines, amounts to $4,800.

Detectives say more charges are pending for Lewis after further investigation.

Police say anyone with information relating to this crime should call Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300 or the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100.