Friday, August 24, 2012
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A Rocky Mount man was indicted on six counts of distributing cocaine after investigators allegedly found both powdered and rock forms of the drug at his residence on Samuel Lane.
Edward Lewis Shelton, 46, was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury last month, but the indictments were sealed until recently.
Investigators with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office organized several controlled buys from the suspect before obtaining a search warrant for his Sontag residence, according to Sgt. Tim Taylor.
When the search warrant was executed on June 26, the suspect ran out the back door of the residence and was later found in the woods behind the house, Taylor said.
During the search, investigators found different quantities of powdered cocaine and crack cocaine throughout the residence, Taylor added.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt, but it is a determination by jurors that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial.
Shelton's trial is set for Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 9 a.m. in Franklin County Circuit Court. If convicted, Shelton faces up to 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine on each count.