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OXFORD — Four people were arrested earlier this month as part of two separate investigations into the sale of cocaine and other drugs in Granville and Franklin counties, authorities said.

The Granville County Sheriff’s Office said in a release Tuesday that Michael Penny and his associate, Raheem Shante Mangum, were arrested at their Franklinton homes Aug. 6. The Franklin County Sheriff aided the investigation.

An investigation of Penny began in February and deputies began investigating Mangum in April, the sheriff’s office said.

Penny, 50, consented to a search of his home on Hillside Drive, according to the release. Deputies said they found “numerous used heroin bindles” as well as a plastic bag of cocaine residue, a bag of syringes and other types of drug paraphernalia in his home.

Deputies said when they went to the Appaloosa Trail home of Mangum, 38, they could see a bag of marijuana, a blunt, a set of digital scales, and residual white powder on a glass plate with a razor blade. Mangum then admitted to having sold powdered cocaine, the release said.

Both Mangum and Penny were arrested without incident by Sgt. Chad Coffey and Investigator Bryan Carey. They were both charged with selling cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, conspiracy to sell cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

Penny was given a $233,000 secured bond. Mangum was held under a $144,000 secured bond. Both were scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

Penny’s girlfriend, Leslie Perdue, 36, was also charged with conspiracy to sell cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and child endangerment. She was released on a $50,000 unsecured bond after turning herself in.

In a separate case, the sheriff’s office arrested Syril Alexander Estes-Birdine, 32, of Brogden Road, Creedmoor. He was taken into custody without incident Aug. 9 by Joshya Coppock and Deputy James Tapp at the Inn at Creedmoor.

According to the release, an undercover investigation began in November. Estes-Birdine was charged with selling cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, delivering cocaine and felony probation violation.

He was held on a $150,000 secured bond and was also expected in court Wednesday.