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Joshua Lee Franklin
courtesy of Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office

Hickory Man Faces Multiple Felony Drug & Firearms Charges

37-year-old Joshua Lee Franklin of the Hickory-Lincolnton Highway in Hickory has been arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers on charges of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a felon (two counts), trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking in opium or heroin, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance. The charges date back to 2021. Franklin was jailed today (January 25) in the Catawba County Detention Facility with bond set at $750,000. He’ll appear in Superior Court on February 5 in Newton.