Investigators say that a 39-year-old Lenoir-area man thought to be a “major pipeline” of deadly drugs to the region drove to Arizona to get the drugs, according to search warrant documents filed at the Caldwell County Courthouse.

Jermaine Doglas Grandy, 39, came under investigation after someone told narcotics detectives about buying 100 fentanyl pills at a time from Grandy, spending thousands of dollars, according to an affidavit filed by Detective Joseph Reynolds of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office.

Other sources told investigators that they had heard Grandy was going to Arizona to get the pills, Reynolds wrote.

On Jan. 14, investigators discovered through surveillance that a 2018 Mercedes-Benz normally seen at Grandy’s residence was spotted in Texas and Arizona, and investigators determined that the vehicle traveled to Arizona and stayed for around 24 hours before beginning a return trip back, Reynolds wrote.

Investigators stopped the car Sunday on U.S. 321 in Granite Falls. When the vehicle was searched, investigators found around 36,000 fentanyl pills and three guns.

In a search of Grandy’s home on Old North Road, investigators found 29 guns and more than 5,000 rounds of ammunition.

Jermaine Grandy was arrested along with Nevaeh Douglas Grandy, also of Old North Road, and Khyran Rasaan Littlejohn, 25, of Patton Place in Morganton.

Jemaine Grandy was charged with trafficking heroin or opium. His bond was set at $500,000 secured.

Nevaeh Grandy was arrested on the same charge, and bond was set at $200,000 secured. Khyran Littlejon was charged with two counts each of trafficking heroin or opium. His bond was set at $100,000 secured.

Reporter Kara Fohner can be reached at 828-610-8721.

Reporter Kara Fohner can be reached at 828-610-8721.