30-year-old Tiffany Samantha Whitney and 30-year-old Michael Allen Benfield, both of the same Pea Ridge Road, Morganton address, were arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony possession of schedule IV controlled substance (alprazolam). Whitney is also charged with trafficking opium or heroin.
According to information released late last week, last Tuesday (June 23), the North Carolina Probation and Parole Office and Burke County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation at an address on Pea Ridge Road in Morganton. Officers made contact with Michael Allen Benfield and Tiffany Samantha Whitney shortly after they arrived.
The residence was searched, and officers reportedly found and seized a substantial amount of heroin, alprazolam and drug paraphernalia. Whitney's bond was set at $50,000 secured, Benfield received a $25,000 secured bond. Both suspects were placed in the Burke County Jail. They were no longer listed as inmates in Morganton. The next District Court date for both suspects is scheduled for July 16.