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Robert Ridges
Courtesy of Catawba County Sheriff's Office

Drug, Firearm Charges Lodged Against Hickory Man

36-year-old Robert Ridges of 3rd Avenue Place SE in Hickory was arrested today (April 26) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with trafficking, opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Robert Ridges is a felon as a result of a second-degree murder conviction in Onslow County in March of 2009. He served more than 13 years in prison prior to his release in December, 2022. Following today’s arrest, Ridges was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $35,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.