Car chase ends in $10K drug bust

A 35-year-old Pinebluff man was arrested after leading police on a car chase on Oct. 9, according to a statement from Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields. Norman McNeil was arrested and taken into custody without incident when he was captured after fleeing from a deputy during a traffic stop in the Addor community in Pinebluff.

Fields said McNeil attempted to flee in his vehicle and on foot. “Officers with the Pinebluff Police Department and Southern Pines Police Department K-9 unit also responded to the scene to assist,” said Fields.

Authorities seized 76 grams of fentanyl, 17 grams of cocaine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and $16,094 in cash. The total street value of the drugs seized is approximately $10,020, according to Fields.

The suspect’s bond was set at $75,500, and he was charged with two counts of trafficking in opium/ heroin, one count of possession with intent to manufacture sell and deliver schedule 2 controlled substance, one count of felony possession of schedule 2 controlled substance, one count of felony maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substances, one count of felony flee to elude with a motor vehicle, one count of misdemeanor possession of marijuana, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count of driving while impaired.

McNeil is due in court on Oct. 28 and is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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