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40-year-old Jesse Andrew Cartrette of 9th Street SW in Hickory was arrested last Thursday (July 14) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of methamphetamine. In addition, Cartrette is charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of a concealed firearm, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and open container of alcohol in the passenger area of a vehicle.
On Thursday, an Iredell County Sheriff’s Officer was patrolling the area of Bethlehem Road when he spotted a suspicious vehicle driving in the area. The deputy saw the driver make an erratic turn into a business parking lot and then speed away at a high rate of speed. The officer overtook the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop.
The officer approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Jesse Cartrette. Drug paraphernalia and an open container of alcohol were both reportedly seen in plain view in the center console next to Cartrette. Another officer arrived to assist and a search of the vehicle was conducted.
The search resulted in the discovery of a handgun concealed in the center console. A criminal records database search of the serial number on the gun determined it was reported stolen from Tennessee. Along with the stolen firearm, deputies found crystal methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
Cartrette was arrested and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center. Bond was set at $10,000 secured. He is not listed as an inmate in Iredell County. A District Court date is scheduled for August 3.