Man arrested after narcotics investigation


Cerro Gordo, NC – The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit completed an investigation into the distribution of opiates in the communities of Cerro Gordo and Chadbourn in Columbus County. James Cody Stewart resides in Cerro Gordo but has ties with narcotics dealers in Chadbourn.  This investigation originated from numerous citizen complaints.

During the investigation, the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Detectives utilized an undercover operative to purchase four (4) grams of opiates from the Stewart.  

Stewart was arrested on Wednesday, April 4 and processed at the Columbus County Law Enforcement Center with a $225,000 secured bond. 


  • 4 felony counts of Trafficking Opium or Heroin
  • 1 felony count of Maintaining a Vehicle for Use, Storage, or Sale of a Controlled Substance


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