Teen, 26-year-old arrested for selling narcotics in Orange County

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – A 15-year-old high school student and a 26-year-old man have been arrested in connection with narcotics sales in Chapel Hill, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.

Orange County authorities received information in April about a 15-year-old student distributing narcotics at a high school and that information led to a supplier distributing narcotics from the area of Pritchard Avenue and Trinity Court in Chapel Hill, authorities said.

The sheriff’s office conducted an undercover drug operation that led to the arrest of Joshua Lee Hilliard, 26, of Mebane. Authorities said that although Hilliard gave a Mebane address, he has ties to the area where he was allegedly distributing drugs from.

Seven ounces of marijuana were seized during the operation, authorities said.

Hilliard was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, deliver marijuana; conspiracy to sell marijuana; selling controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school; sell or deliver a controlled substance to a minor; hire or use a minor to sell a controlled substance; promote drug sales by a minor; and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Hilliard is being held at the Orange County Detention Center under a $30,000 bond.

The 15-year-old will be petitioned through the Juvenile Justice Division for possession with intent to manufacture, sell, deliver marijuana; conspiracy to sell marijuana; sell/deliver marijuana; selling a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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