Calif. man held on drug charges in Iredell

slyttle@charlotteobserver.comNovember 15, 2013 

A California man was arrested last week on charges of selling methamphetamine, Iredell County authorities say.

Jason Terel Stewart, 36, of San Diego, was taken into custody Nov. 7 and charged with three counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, the Sheriff’s Office said. He is jailed under $200,000 bond.

Investigators said they had received information that Stewart traveled across the country, allegedly selling large quantities of high-quality crystal meth. Stewart’s travels were tracked to California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Texas, detectives said.

Authorities said they learned Stewart would be arriving in North Carolina on Nov. 7 and would be distributing drugs in Iredell County.

An undercover detective contacted Stewart and bought 34.5 grams of crystal meth from the suspect, investigators said. The drugs had a street value of $13,800, according to deputies.

Authorities said Stewart also was carrying more than 700 Oxycodone pills, with a street value of $22,800.

The investigation is continuing, and the Sheriff’s Office said additional charges are expected in the case.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle

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