On June 23, 2020, NC Probation and Parole Office and Burke County Sheriff’s Office detectives initiated an
investigation at 5130 Pea Ridge Road, Morganton. Officers made contact with Michael Allen Benfield and
Tiffany Samantha Whitney shortly after they arrived. The residence was searched, and officers located and
seized a substantial amount of heroin, Alprazolam and several items of drug paraphernalia. Benfield was
charged with Felony Possession of Alprazolam and received a $25,000.00 secure bond, and Whitney was
charged with Trafficking Heroin or Opium, as well as Possession of Alprazolam and received a $50,000.00
secure bond. Both were held at the Burke County Jail.