Investigators from various agencies continued their bust of a massive three-county drug conspiracy on Thursday, June 15, as they began rounding up 10 additional suspects believed to be mid-level drug dealers.

The investigation into this drug conspiracy began last summer with a probe of activity at the 100 Stacy Farm Road residence of 36-year-old Jamie Leonard Tate.

It was determined that Tate and 35-year-old Dwayne Bullock, of Newton, conspired with numerous people to traffic and distribute hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as lesser amounts of cocaine and heroin, authorities said.

On April 18, authorities began rounding up the main suspects in the conspiracy, raiding areas simultaneously in McDowell, Burke and Catawba counties, locations believed to be used for storing and distributing narcotics.

Seven were apprehended that day, and another was captured in Maryland last month. Two of the major players in the alleged conspiracy remain at large.

Four mid-level dealers were arrested Thursday, and six more of them are considered wanted and on the lam. Authorities said all 10 conspired with Tate and Bullock to distribute methamphetamine in McDowell and Burke counties.

Arrested were the following:

• Larry Thomas Dixon Sr., 63, of 3203 N.C. 226 South in Marion, charged with conspiracy to traffick methamphetamine and aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise. He is in the McDowell County jail under a $100,000 bond.

• Robert Todd Guffey, 33, of 436 Cherokee Way in Marion, charged with conspiracy to traffick methamphetamine and aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise. Guffey was jailed under a $250,000 bond.

• Diamond Sharell Lipscomb, 34, of 110 Newland Street in Morganton, charged with two counts of conspiracy to traffick methamphetamine and one count of aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise. He is in the McDowell County jail under a $500,000 bond.

• Russell Andrew Welch, 39, of 74 Stacy Farm Road in Nebo, charged with conspiracy to traffick methamphetamine and aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise. Welch was jailed under a $101,000 bond.

Still wanted are the following:

• Anthony Jarrett Burgess, 29, of 1517 South Sterling St. in Morganton, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise.

• James Qualane Burgess, 26, of 303 Roper St. in Morganton, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise.

• Kelsey L. England, 37, of 3392 Julia Court in Claremont, on charges of conspiracy to traffic marijuana, conspiracy to traffic cocaine and aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise.

• Evan Saunders Lipford, 40, of 514 Rocky Ford St. in Morganton, on three charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and one charge of aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise.

• Oakley Lynn Sparks, 35, of 710 7th C St. in Marion, on charges of conspiracy to traffic marijuana, conspiracy to traffic cocaine and aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise.

• Ray Jackson Welch Jr., 55, of 964 Stacy Hill Road in Marion, on two charges of trafficking methamphetamine and one charge each of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise.

Two suspects from the April roundup remain at large:

• Dwayne Bullock, 35, of 100 17th St. West in Newton, wanted on six counts of conspiracy to traffic heroin, three counts of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and one count of continuing a criminal enterprise.

• William Jackie Pearson, 66, of 129 Stephens Drive in Morganton, wanted on three counts of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and one count each of conspiracy to manufacture a Schedule II controlled substance and aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise.

The drug conspiracy investigation was a joint, multi-jurisdictional effort of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office; the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation; Marion Police Department; the McDowell County District Attorney’s Office; the Burke County Sheriff’s Office; Morganton Department of Public Safety; Newton Police Department; the N.C. Highway Patrol; the U.S. Postal Service; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the U.S. Attorney’s Office; and U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Also providing aid at the scenes Tuesday were members of McDowell County Emergency Management, McDowell County EMS, Nebo Fire Department, N.C. Department of Revenue and N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement.

Additional arrests and charges are pending.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of James Burgess, Anthony Burgess, Lipford, Ray Welch Jr., Sparks, England, Bullock or Pear son is asked to call the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at 652-2235, the McDowell County 911 communications center at 652-4000 or McDowell County Crime Stoppers at 65-CRIME (652-7463). Now, you can also text your tips to Crime Stoppers. Text MCDOWELLTIPS and your information to 274637 (CRIMES). With Crime Stoppers, your identity remains anonymous, and you could receive a cash reward.