Handyman Arrested After Performing Work in Carolina Trace

12/15/2017         Matthew Justin Sharpe (33) of 1320 Pendergrass Rd. Sanford was arrested for breaking and entering a motor vehicle, larceny and possessing stolen goods. Sharpe is charged with breaking into a vehicle where he was performing handyman work at 3287 Edinburgh Dr. in Carolina Trace and stealing an Ipad. 

Sharpe was held under $2,500 secured bond.

Temple Avenue Man Arrested For Drugs

12/13/2017 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents arrested Christopher Steven Burch, 36 years old of 213 Temple Avenue Sanford, NC for trafficking Oxycodone, two counts of possession with intent to sale, manufacture and deliver Oxycodone,  two counts of sale and deliver Oxycodone, maintain a vehicle and three counts paraphernalia. Burch was jailed under a $100,000.00 secured bond.

Senior Keep Check Fruit Basket Delivery

One of my favorite events of the year is when my staff and I venture out and visit all of our "Keep Check" members!  This week, the Lee County Sheriff's Office delivered 100 fruit baskets and department calendars to seniors, who were part of our "Senior Keep Check Fruit Basket Delivery" program. 

Along with the fruit this year, we had some special additions!  Students from all over Lee county made ornaments, cards and other goodies for each basket.  Along with the Community Police Unit, Narcotics Unit, Detective Division, Bailiff Division, Civil Division and other members of the office, we all took part in the delivery.  

While out and about, staff also stopped in at houses along the way and reminded citizens to lock their car doors, report any suspicious activity they see, and just to overall have a Merry Christmas.  Operations like this are just as important to the officers that participate as it is to those that they serve. 

Keep Check is a program that our Special Operations & Community Services Unit oversees throughout the year where elderly citizens are added to our department database and checked on weekly. Throughout the year, me and my staff conduct visits to these individuals.

For more information on this community program, please contact Sgt Bridges @ (
jbridges@leecountync.gov) with our Special Operations & Community Services Unit.

Funding for this event was provided by local
drug revenue money!  #yayfordrugarrests!!

Raleigh Man Arrested for Meth

Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents arrested Jeremy Edward Leonard, 30 years old of 5413 Round Hill Lane, Raleigh NC, for possession of Methamphetamine, maintain a vehicle to use Methamphetamine and paraphernalia.

Leonard was jailed under a $15,000.00 secured bond.

Carolina Lakes Man Arrested for Meth

Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents arrested Michael Dale-Alvey Gardner, 28 years old of 256 Golf Drive Sanford NC for possession of Methamphetamine and paraphernalia.

Gardner was jailed under a $10,000.00 secured bond.

Rewards Offered For Cold Cases

The LCSO is offering rewards leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the deaths of the two following people.   If you have knowledge or need further information, you are urged to contact Captain Jeff Johnson with Lee County Sheriff's Office (jjohnson@leecountync.gov) or contact the confidential Crime Tip Line @ 919-718-4577.

$5,000.00 reward is being offered for information leading to locating a Lee County man that was last seen on December 22, 2010 in the Cox Mill Rd area. Brian Wesley Arnold of 123 Hunter Drive in Broadway. Mr. Arnold is a white male, 5'9 tall, 170lbs.  He has brown eyes and was last seen wearing a brown coat, jeans and black gloves.

$5,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Alvah Mark Upchurch. Upchurch's body was found on Chris Cole Road on Aug 24, 2001 at approx 2am. Reward offered by the Governor Crime Commission.

24 Year Old Man Arrested for Drugs and Stolen Firearm

On Thursday December 7th 2017 North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper assigned to Lee County initiated a vehicle stop on a vehicle in Lee County. A short time later, the trooper requested assistance from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office narcotics division with the stop. After a search of the motor vehicle, agents located 1,356 grams of marijuana and a stolen firearm.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents arrested Anthony Sterling Frazier Jr., 24 years old of 793 Sea Horse Circle Rural Hall, NC for Possession with intent to sale and deliver marijuana, maintain a vehicle to sale drugs, possession of firearm by felon, possession of stolen firearm and paraphernalia. Frazier was jailed under a $50,000.00 secured bond.  Frazier’s record indicates that he has been convicted of numerous felony criminal offenses in the past.

Charlotte Ave Woman Arrested for Drugs & Fraud

12/05/2017 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents arrested Olivia Simone Ray, 24 years old of 529 Charlotte Avenue Sanford. She was charged with Trafficking Opium (120 dosage units of Oxycodone) and Obtain Controlled Substance by Fraud.

Ray was jailed under a $25,000.00 secured bond.



UPDATE - Mr. Huffman located by authorities in Virginia during a traffic stop. 
Thanks for all your shares Lee county!

Tex Richard Huffman Sr. (70) of 253 Hunter Ridge Rd. Sanford was reported missing from his home around noon on 12/4/2017. He was seen driving his white 2010 Nissan Titan 4dr NC Registration plates PH896B. Mr. Huffman has recently exhibited signs of dementia. He is 6’0” tall, 240 lbs., brown eyes, grey hair, wearing black or grey sweat pants and a grey West Virginia sweat shirt.
If in contact, please contact 9-1-1

Are You Ready For The Holidays?

Families and friends of alcoholics sometimes experience their biggest disappointments  during what is supposed to be the happiest time of the year.

Al-Anon can be extremely beneficial for anyone who is struggling with a loved one’s addiction. Al-Anon benefits individuals and families throughout the year but can be exceptionally beneficial during the holiday season. People who suffer from addiction and their families often struggle during the holiday season. Many people hold high expectations during the holiday season. Parents go to great lengths to host family gatherings, purchase thoughtful gifts, prepare elaborate meals and travel to spend time with family. All these factors can lead to increased feelings of stress and if expectations aren’t met can result in negative emotions and disappointment. If you find yourself needing help, there are local resources.

Tuesday and Thursday Nights @ 8pm

Jonesboro Methodist Church
407 W Main St

Meeting room can found by following the signage posted in the covered driveway.

Please share with anyone you know of struggling with situation.

Holiday Safety

The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year; it’s a time for families to gather, for friends to rekindle, and for traditions to continue. Christmastime is the best time of the year for not only you and your family, but for burglars too.

You’ve heard me say this time and time again, my favorite fortune cookie once read, “Society prepares the crime, the Criminal commits it!” It's that time of year again when our department sees a slight increase of thefts. For those not willing to respect their fellow citizen, they turn to stealing the property of others.  Take a few minutes today and ensure that you and your property are protected.

To prevent theft at home, residents should keep doors and windows closed and locked whenever possible.  Doors should have deadbolt locks with a one-inch throw and reinforced strike plate, and sliding glass doors should be made extra secure by placing a metal or wooden rod in the track. Residents should keep the door to an attached garage locked and not rely on a garage door for security.  Make it a habit to check all doors before retiring for the night.  During this time of year, have a trusted neighbor collect mail, packages and newspapers while you are away from home.  Closing blinds and shades on windows so criminals cannot look inside.  Create the illusion you are home using timers on inside and outside lights and electronics.

Lock your vehicles when parked.  Did you know that some insurance policies don’t cover thefts from unlocked vehicles, forcing victims to file a claim on their homeowner policy?   Do not leave valuables in your car.  Stow charging cables for phones and other electronic devices as not to imply electronics may be in the vehicle. For those that are using GPS devices, stow the dash or window mounts. Thieves are looking for easy targets.  Don’t help them out!

Lock your outbuildings, sheds and storage buildings as well.  Inexpensive alarm systems and lighting can be a deterrent for a would-be thief.   Most home improvement and big box stores have plenty of options. 

Exterior lighting can be a deterrent.  With today’s technology, “exterior illumination” can be the deciding factor on the actions of the thief.  Solar lighting is very reasonable in price, especially if you don’t have to run underground wiring and install fixtures.  Most home improvement and big box stores have plenty of options.  

As you probably have noticed over the past few years, camera technology has come a long way.  Many homeowners have exterior and interior camera systems installed.  Our department has been able to solve many crimes using the pictures as evidence. Some are IP based, which captures video or images locally on the camera to a SD card and also sends it up to a secure “cloud” account for future use. Some have the capability to text or email you if movement is detected on the camera in the event you’re not home.  These can purchased online at a very reasonable price and are very easy to install.  Some residents have purchased deer cams that run on small batteries and can be secured to all sorts of objects inside or outside the home and are usually very weather/heat proof.

Last but not least, let me mention ATV theft prevention.  Here are a few tips to lessen the chance of being a victim. Separate the key from the ATV. This simple step prevents ride-away theft.  Consider aftermarket options such as a disc lock, which prevents wheels from moving without a key. These are very inexpensive and very effective. Check with our local ATV dealerships for what options are best for your ATV.

Wishing you all the merriest Christmas season.  Let us all be thankful.  We are truly a blessed country.
Merry Christmas Lee County!
Sheriff Tracy Carter