FAIRMONT— Two Fairmont brothers who own car garages have been arrested and charged with trafficking drugs after more than 40 lawmen raided the businesses on Wednesday.
James Martin Bailey, 28, of 188 Smokey Road, and William Daniel Bailey, 29, of 208 Smokey Road, are the owners of Bailey’s Automative, which has two locations in Fairmont, both of which were targeted in the raid. James Martin Bailey’s home was also searched.
James Martin Bailey was charged with three counts of possession with intent to sell, deliver, or manufacture a schedule II controlled substance, trafficking in opium, conspiring to traffic in opium, maintaining a vehicle for controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
William Daniel Bailey, 29, of 208 Smokey Road, was charged with possession with intent to sell, deliver, or manufacture a schedule II and schedule IV controlled substance, trafficking in opium, conspiring to traffic in opium, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a stolen firearm.
Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said that both men had been under investigation for months for drugs and stolen merchandise.
Members of the Sheriff’s Office’s Major Crime Unit, Narcotics Enforcement Team, SWAT team, deputies, Lumberton and Fairmont police and state Department of Motor Vehicle and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents simultaneously searched Bailey’s Automotive at 12811 N.C. 130 East, Bailey’s Automotive at 303 McDaniel St. and James Bailey’s home on Wednesday.
Sealey said that the officers found narcotic pills, marijuana, firearms, a stolen vehicle, a stolen utility trailer and more than $43,000 cash.
James Bailey was taken to the Robeson County jail and released on $62,000 bond, and William Bailey was released on $55,000 bond. The Robesonian was unable to get a photograph of William Bailey for this story.
On Thursday at about 4 p.m., The Robesonian sent a reporter to take a photograph of Bailey’s Automotive at 12811 N.C. 130 East, which was open at the time. The reporter was accosted by five men. One of the men forcibly took the camera and removed its memory card.
The Sheriff’s Office was able to retrieve the memory card, but the photograph has been erased.
Sealey expects additional charges against the Bailey brothers, and more arrests.