A 35-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman were taken into custody by police in North Carolina on Feb. 21 after a routine traffic stop allegedly led to the discovery of marijuana and methamphetamine. The man has been charged with misdemeanor counts of possessing drugs and drug paraphernalia. His secured bond has been set at $10,000. The woman faces more serious felony counts of drug possession and drug possession with the intent to distribute. Her secured bond has been set at $41,000 according to an Iredell County Sheriff’s Office press release.

The series of events began when deputies attached to the ICSO’s Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team stopped a vehicle near the intersection of North Tradd Street and East Broad Street in Statesville for an undisclosed motor vehicle violation. The situation allegedly escalated when a records check revealed that the man behind the wheel was wanted in Catawba County for a parole violation. The deputy says that the woman provided him with a false name and also had an outstanding Catawba County warrant.

During an inventory of the couple’s possessions, the deputy claims that he discovered marijuana on the man and several bags of a substance believed to be methamphetamine on the woman. Initial reports do not reveal the quantity of the drugs seized. In addition to the felony drug charges, the woman faces misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and obstruction.

When a client is taken into custody along with other suspects and the evidence against them is convincing, an experienced personal injury attorney may advise them to pursue a negotiated plea agreement before the co-defendants. This is because the penalties for serious drug crimes are quite severe, and prosecutors may not be prepared to reduce them significantly if another suspect has already stepped forward to cooperate.