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Joseph Paul Worth Mosteller
Courtesy of Burke County Sheriff's Office

Additional Information Released In Case Involving Arrest Of Burke Man On Drug Charges

More details have been released on the arrest of a Burke County man on a string of felony drug charges. As WHKY reported Tuesday (June 27), 40-year-old Joseph Paul Worth Mosteller of Dysartsville Road in Morganton was arrested last Friday (June 23) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He was previously arrested in Burke County on a charge from Catawba County. On June 7, Mosteller was arrested on a meth trafficking count from Catawba.

Following Friday’s arrest, Mosteller was charged with two felony counts apiece of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession of schedule II controlled substance, along with single felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine and heroin and flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. He’s also charged with misdemeanor resisting a public officer. More details on the case were released Tuesday.

Friday, shortly after 10 a.m., Burke County Sheriff’s Office Investigators saw a black Honda Civic leaving an address on Drexel Road heading toward I-40 westbound. Mosteller was identified as the driver. A traffic stop was attempted and the suspect reportedly fled. The Honda Civic reached unsafe speeds, which resulted in the vehicle crashing into an embankment at Highway 70 West and Powerhouse Road.

Mosteller attempted to flee on foot, but he was apprehended shortly after exiting the rear driver’s side door. Investigators conducted a search of the vehicle and found a brown bag reportedly containing approximately 109 grams of Methamphetamine and eight grams of Fentanyl. Mosteller was transported to a local hospital to be checked for injuries and was later transported to the Burke County Magistrate’s Office.

Following the chase, Investigators searched the address on Drexel Road. Officers reportedly found approximately 236 grams of a substance suspected to be meth and 20 grams of a substance suspected to be fentanyl. The investigation is ongoing. Mosteller was incarcerated in the Burke County Jail without bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (June 28). The next Burke County District Court date for Mosteller is scheduled for July 7.