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Four Oaks town councilman arrested on drug charges

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FOUR OAKS — Town Councilman Christopher Haley was arrested Tuesday night as part of the regional drug crackdown Operation JoCo Justice.

Christopher Gregory Haley, 61, was arrested at his home by Four Oaks police. Haley was charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance and felony sale of a controlled substance and booked into the Johnston County Detention Center in Smithfield under a $60,000 secured bond.

Haley was indicted Monday by a Johnston County grand jury on the two charges.

According to arrest information and police, Haley allegedly sold six oxycodone pills to a confidential informant working with law enforcement on March 6 while in the Four Oaks town limits. The alleged transaction was captured on video and audio.

Four Oaks Police Chief Stephen Anderson said the investigation was handled like any other incident.

"Obviously we wish the best for Mr. Haley and hope he will seek some help as needed," Mayor Linwood Parker said.

Parker said the town board will likely review the situation as early as next week at the regularly scheduled town board meeting.

This is not the first time Haley has been arrested while serving on the Four Oaks town board. In June 2017, Selma police arrested Haley in the parking lot of the Master's Inn motel after his BMW was spotted in the parking lot for four to five minutes before leaving.

Police said they found a .25-caliber handgun with the serial number removed. He was arrested on a felony firearms charge, but that charge was later dismissed. Police noted at the time of his arrest, Haley had roughly $1,000 in cash in his pockets.

In June 2015, Haley was arrested hours after a town board meeting on a domestic assault allegation. Charges stemming from that alleged incident were later dismissed.

JoCo Justice was a yearlong undercover investigation by Selma, Smithfield and Four Oaks police targeting street-level sales of methamphetamines, marijuana, cocaine, heroin and prescription pills.

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