On May 24, North Carolina law enforcement officers made a major drug bust on Interstate 85. According to authorities, drug traffickers commonly use I-85 to transport drugs from Atlanta to Rowan County.

According to media reports, deputies from the Rowan Sheriff’s Office pulled over a Honda CR-V near the town of Faith. Authorities had apparently been tipped off that the vehicle might contain drugs that were manufactured in Atlanta. A search of the vehicle and its three occupants allegedly uncovered 280 grams of methamphetamine, a half ounce of cocaine, two plastic bags of marijuana and $10,000 cash.

A 41-year-old man, a 30-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman, all North Carolina residents, were taken into custody. The woman and the 41-year-old man were each charged with possession with the intent to sell or deliver cocaine, possession with the intent to sell or deliver marijuana and trafficking methamphetamine by possession and transportation. They each received a bond of $50,000. The 30-year-old man received traffic tickets for driving with a revoked license and failure to use a turn signal. The Rowan Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Individuals facing drug charges may help their situation by retaining the services of a criminal defense attorney. An attorney might work to suppress evidence and develop a defense strategy that casts doubt on the prosecution’s case. These efforts may get the charges dropped or help the defendant obtain an acquittal. It may also be possible to negotiate a plea bargain that lets a defendant plead guilty to less serious charges, which might reduce the severity of the sentence.

Source: CBS 17, “NC drug bust highlights ‘meth highway’ as I-85, officials say,” 05/24/2018