Authorities continue to search for three suspects wanted in connection with a major local drug conspiracy.

Seven suspects were arrested during a roundup on Tuesday, April 18. The following were able to dodge apprehension:

- 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.

- Marqueseo Marshay “Pepe” Pearson, 37, 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.

- 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 investigation began in July 2016 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 Bullock 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 Tuesday, authorities began rounding up suspects in the conspiracy, raiding areas simultaneously in McDowell, Burke and Catawba counties, locations believed to be used for storing and distributing narcotics.

Seized during the raids were approximately 20 pounds of methamphetamine, an estimated $500,000 in cash, more than half a pound of marijuana, up to 4 ounces of fentanyl and other small amounts of pills, as well as firearms, cell phones and vehicles.

Additional arrests and charges are pending.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Dwayne Bullock, Marqueseo Pearson or Jacki e Pearson 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 Crimestoppers at 65-CRIME (652-7463). Now, you can also text your tips to Crimestoppers. Text MCDOWELLTIPS and your information to 274637 (CRIMES). With Crimestoppers, your identity remains anonymous, and you could receive a cash reward.