Fugitive drug trafficker caught

By Jeff Linville - jlinville@mtairynews.com
Robertson -

LOWGAP — A man wanted on multiple drug charges was caught at a residence here on Friday morning.

Detectives from the Surry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division — along with members of the U.S. Marshall’s Service and the State Bureau of Investigations — located Billy Lee Robertson at 263 Richardson Trail, the last side road off N.C. 89 before N.C. 18 and the Virginia state line.

Robertson, who had been on the run since January, was located after officers made entry to the residence around 8 a.m.

Robertson received a $500,000 secured bond after being served with the following charges:

* Two counts of felony trafficking in meth;

* Felony possession of meth;

* Felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver meth;

* Felony maintaining a drug vehicle or dwelling;

* Felony possession of a firearm by a felon;

* Misdemeanor possession of marijuana;

* Two counts of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon;

* Misdemeanor resisting an officer;

* Misdemeanor second-degree trespassing;

* Misdemeanor injury to real property;

* Two counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia;

* Failure to appear in court on a charge of no operator’s license and expired registration;

* Failure to appear on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Robertson served almost 20 months in jail from 2010-2012 for two counts of possession of a Schedule II drug, possession with intent to sell Schedule II and VI drugs, selling a Schedule VI drug, three counts of maintaining a drug vehicle or dwelling, and making a false report to police radio.

In November 2014 he was convicted of possession of a Schedule II drug and possession of drug paraphernalia and received probation and a suspended sentence.


By Jeff Linville


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