70-year-old woman charged with trafficking meth

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A 70-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with trafficking more than 100 grams of meth, according to the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office arrested 70-year-old Doris Jean Ingram during a search of her home in Newton off Little Road.

FOX 46 Charlotte spoke to neighbors who saw Deputies arrive at the home Thursday evening.

"2 or 3 Deputy Sheriff cars and one Deputy Sheriff walked over here to the side of the fence next to my yard and then one was standing on the other side and was looking angled at the house where they could catch the front and the back," neighbor John Ingle said.

John Ingle says he knows the Ingram's well. He spoke to both Doris and her husband and says they are nice people.

"It was a surprise to me because they've been good neighbors. They never bothered me," Ingle said.

The investigation lasted over several months and led to the search warrant being obtained and executed at the residence.

The sheriff's office found more than 100 grams of meth, nearly four times the trafficking threshold, according to the sheriff's office.

Other neighbors shocked to learn a woman of Ingram's age would be involved in a crime like this.

"That old of a woman to be doing that.  We have a lot of kids in the neighborhood stuff too. I'm glad mine isn't here right now," neighbor Kendra Sponhaus said.

Deputies say the investigation started after multiple calls to their drug line about activity in the little road home.

Some neighbors tell FOX 46 Charlotte, they saw a lot of activity in and around the home.

"We've heard rumors off and on of a house down through there but never totally seen something," Sponhaus said.

"I know they have a lot of kin folk. A lot of vehicles went in there at times but no I never had thoughts about it," Ingle said.

Ingram was taken to the Catawba County Detention Facility where she was placed under a $60,000 secured bond.

She was charged with one county felony trafficking schedule II CS, one count felony PWIMSD Schedule II CS and one count felony maintain vehicle/dwelling/place for a controlled substance.

The investigation is still ongoing and additional arrests may be forthcoming.