Traffic stop leads to $1M fentanyl bust, weapons seizure in Caldwell County; 3 arrested

CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. — Authorities announced three arrests Monday in connection with a large-scale fentanyl pill trafficking bust in Caldwell County.

Sheriff Alan C. Jones said deputies pulled over a vehicle in Granite Falls and discovered nine pounds of fentanyl pills -- about 36,000 pills worth $1 million on the street -- under the hood of the vehicle.

Agents also seized about $900 in cash, three handguns and a 2018 Mercedes Benz GLE 63A, which was used to transport the drugs.

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A search warrant was executed at 39-year-old Jermaine Grandy’s home at 1614 Old North Road in Lenoir, where agents seized 29 firearms and more than 5,000 rounds of ammunition.

Grandy, Nevaeh Douglas Grandy, 18, and Khyran Rasaan Littlejohn, 25, were arrested and charged with multiple counts of trafficking opioids. The three were placed in the Caldwell Detention Center.

“This ring of individuals was a major pipeline for fentanyl pills into this county and surrounding counties,” Jones said in a news release.

Other agencies involved with the investigation include the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Boone Police Department, Taylorsville Police Department, Lenoir Police Department and they Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.