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2 arrested in Randolph Co. for trafficking opium

Michael Earl Patrick (left) and Octavius LaFaungh Leonard

Michael Earl Patrick (left) and Octavius LaFaungh Leonard

ASHEBORO, N.C. — Police arrested two men on Friday for allegedly trafficking in opium.

According to police, officers with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit were conducting a drug investigation.

While conducting the investigation officers observed the exchange of drugs for money.

While searching two vehicles, officers discovered 30 dosage units of OxyContin and 20 dosage units of oxycodone.

Michael Earl Patrick, 40, of Wadesboro, was charged with two counts of trafficking in opium and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was held under a $350,000 secured bond.

Octavius LaFaungh Leonard, 42, of Denton, was charged with three counts of trafficking in opium. He was held under a $150,000 secured bond.

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