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Former Lenoir Deputy Due In Court

A former deputy is due in court today, following his arrest on charges he trafficked painkillers.

The SBI arrested Clay Keel four months ago and charged him with trafficking hydrocodone pills. Keel was a former narcotics supervisor with the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office.

According to paperwork, SBI agents believe Keel was in possession of between 14 to 28 grams of the painkiller. The SBI says his arrest is part of an ongoing investigation that began in September. We will keep you posted on his case.



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A former narcotics investigator with the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office is in trouble with the law after his arrest on Friday, accused of trafficking in pain killers.

The State Bureau of Investigation confirms that Clay Keel was charged with trafficking hydrocodone pills. A warrant says Keel was in possession of between 14 to 28 grams of the pain killer. Keel appeared before a judge Tuesday morning for his first appearance.

The Sheriff's Office says Keel resigned December 19th, and in a news release says it was not related to his arrest.

The SBI says his arrest is part of an ongoing investigation that began in September. Keel, who had worked as a deputy since 1999, was released after posting a $250,000 bond. He had been a narcotics detective since 2003.


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