LENOIR, N.C. — A Democratic candidate for sheriff was arrested on drug charges barely two months away from election day. According to the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), Caldwell sheriff’s deputies assisted in executing a search warrant at the home of 63-year-old Robert Lewis “Dusty” Crump Wednesday night. Crump was arrested along with his son, Will Dixon Crump, who is also his campaign manager.
Police have been investigating the candidate for the last month according to a news release. An undercover agent with the SBI reportedly made numerous purchases of marijuana from the pair at their home on Journeys End Lane. Inside the home agents found 246.5 grams of marijuana, digital weighing scales, packaging material, ledgers and numerous other items of drug paraphernalia during the search. Investigators also confiscated a 30-30 rifle and money. A portion of the money were marked bills the undercover agent used for the drug buys. The money was reportedly found in the possession of the sheriff’s candidate.
Crump and his campaign manager son were charged with felonious possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and with maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances.
Father Crump’s criminal history indicates that this is not his first time being charged with maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances. He was found guilty on April 26, 1993 of misdemeanor maintain a dwelling to keep/store a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana in Caldwell County Superior Court.
His son has a criminal history as well. He has been previously charged with felonious possession of heroin on September 12, 2017 and felonious possession of schedule II controlled substance on April 9, 2018.
The pair apparently felt they could do their job better with a badge and a gun like many other cops.
Crump filed in February to run against Sheriff Alan Jones, a Republican, state elections records show. The voicemail of a telephone number listed with Crump’s elections filing was full Thursday.
The Caldwell County Democratic Party disavowed Crump in a Facebook post Thursday.
“The Caldwell County Democratic Party does not endorse the candidacy of Robert ‘Dusty’ Crump for Caldwell County Sheriff because he has no relevant experience or expertise,” the post read. “We believe that public servants should have the discernment and understanding needed to do their jobs well from day one.”
While being escorted to court Thursday, Crump vowed to continue his campaign. He told a reporter that he believes he was set up and will not stop running for sheriff.