City of Whiteville employee accused of selling drugs while on the job

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Justin Canady (Photo: Columbus Co. Sheriff's Office)

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Chadbourn man is accused of trafficking drugs while working for the City of Whiteville.

According to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, they began investigating Justin Marvin Canady, 32, in January after receiving information Canady was distributing narcotics across the county.

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During the investigation, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit allegedly completed an undercover purchase of Percocet from Canady.

The sheriff’s office says Canady utilized a City of Whiteville vehicle during normal business hours to complete the narcotics exchange.

During the exchange and while driving to make the exchange, Canady operated the City of Whiteville vehicle with active flashing lights.

On March 4th, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged Canady with four felony counts of Trafficking in Heroin or Opium.

The City of Whiteville says Canady was terminated from his job on Monday for unsatisfactory job performance, prior to his arrest. According to a news release, Canady was still on his six month probationary period. He was a maintenance worker in the Public Utilities Department.

Canady was arrested at his home on Easy Street in Chadbourn. He received a $50,000.00 secured bond.