LINCOLNTON, N.C. - A western Lincoln County woman was arrested August 10, 2021 in connection with a drug investigation that began in October of 2020.
On October 12, 2020, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office narcotics investigators arrested a suspect leaving the woman's home in the 4200 block of Highway 182, Crouse, NC. During the traffic stop officers seized 70 grams of heroin.
After continued surveillance for several months narcotics officers were able to conduct two undercover purchases of heroin from the woman, Kristen Denise Hamrick, 31, who lives at the residence. Around 3:20 p.m. on August 10, 2021 investigators approached the woman in the parking lot of Walmart at 306 North Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton. Hamrick was taken into custody after a brief struggle. Officers seized 6-point-7 grams of heroin from her at that time.
Hamrick was taken into custody on warrants charging her with seven counts of trafficking heroin, three counts of maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, and sell and deliver heroin. She was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $251,000 secured bond.
Most drug related investigations begin with tips or complaints from citizens. Narcotics investigators then begin using various tools and investigation methods, such as a surveillance operation, to build a case. Anyone with information concerning drug related activity is urged to call the Drug Tip line at 704-736-8606 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County CrimeStoppers at 704-736-8909. All tips are investigated and callers can remain anonymous.