By William Holloman
Mount Olive Police, armed with a search warrant, wound up using a backhoe to dig into a sewer line at a Nelson Street address where drugs were recovered.
Charges were filed against a repeat offender, police said.
Jailed under a $15,000 bond was 49-year-old Errick Dexter-James McCalp of 149 East Nelson Street. He was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule II substance (crack cocaine), maintaining a dwelling for that purpose, and destroying evidence.
“If you deal drugs in Mount Olive, you can count on getting a visit from us at some point in time,” said Chief Tommy Brown. “If you flush them down the toilet, we will do whatever is needed to recover them.”
Chief Brown said when officers went to the Nelson Street address with the search warrant, it took longer than normal for the door to open. When officers entered, the suspect was coming out of the bathroom.
He said it is the first time a backhoe has been used to recover drugs flushed down the toilet. Police and public works personnel were on the scene for about five hours.
Code Enforcement Officer Erin Lambert immediately condemned the dwelling.
“I hope this sends out the message to drug dealers that we mean business,” Chief Brown said.