A 37-year-old Gilford man was detained Dec. 23, 2018, on several drug charges after police discovered drugs in the rental vehicle he was driving. He was stopped for a routine traffic violation when a drug dog that was accompanying the officer alerted the police to possible drugs after an “open-air search” of the vehicle. Police then conducted a full search of the car.

The search resulted in the discovery of 21 grams of methamphetamine, 18 grams of fentanyl powder, bags with alleged methamphetamine residue, methamphetamine pipes and $1,800 in cash. The drugs are estimated to have a street value of over $12,000. Police seized the cash and had the rental vehicle impounded. The man was charged with felony drug trafficking of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine with an intent to sell.

At the time of reports, the man was being held in Iredell County Detention Center in lieu of a $300,000 bond. In October 2012, he was charged with issuing prescriptions and surrendered his pharmacy license. He was detained almost two years later in July 2014 on two counts of drug possession. The man was also detained later in October 2014 for drug possession after police found six oxycodone pills, two 8-mg suboxone pills, five risperidone pills and 15 .5-mg of clonazepam.

Drug charges can carry serious consequences such as prison time, fines and probation. When an individual has been charged multiple times with drug possession, the consequences may be even more severe. However, a lawyer can help an ensure a defendant isn’t denied any Constitutional rights when brought up on drug charges.