Last fugitive in local drug conspiracy captured in California

MCDOWELL COUNTY —One of the ring leaders and the last fugitive in a drug conspiracy is now in custody. Dwayne Bullock, 35, of 100 17th St. West in Newton, was apprehended Wednesday night, Sept. 13 by the U.S. Marshal Service in National City, Calif. He is charged with six counts of conspiracy to traffick heroin, three counts of conspiracy to traffick methamphetamine and one count of continuing a criminal enterprise.

The investigation into the drug conspiracy began last summer with a probe of activity at the 100 Stacy Farm Road residence of 36-year-old Jamie Leonard Tate.Tate and Bullock conspired with numerous people to traffic and distribute hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as lesser amounts of cocaine and heroin.

Bullock has been on the run since April 18, when authorities conducted simultaneous raids in McDowell, Burke and Catawba counties.

In all, 20 people have been arrested in connection with the conspiracy. Some are considered main players and some mid-level drug dealers.