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Juveniles Face Drug, Gun Charges Following Traffic Stop

Three juveniles face charges following a traffic stop last week. Last Thursday (November 16), the Statesville Police Department’s Crime Reduction Unit made an arrest following a routine traffic stop on Salisbury Highway. An officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation, initiating an investigation that resulted in the discovery of illegal firearms and narcotics.

Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer observed a rear passenger making a suspicious movement and leaning out of sight. The subsequent investigation revealed that none of the occupants had identification, and they were unable to provide information about the vehicle’s ownership. Assisting officers were called to the scene, and the rear passenger, who made the suspicious movement, was asked to exit the vehicle. Upon opening the door, an officer saw the handle of a handgun protruding from under the driver’s seat. The individual was detained, and the loaded firearm was secured by the officers.

Further inspection of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of 245 grams of marijuana, packaged for sale. The officers also visited the registered owner’s home, and learned that the vehicle had been stolen earlier in the day. All three occupants of the vehicle were determined to be juveniles, and the officers contacted their parents for immediate pickup. Juvenile petitions will be pursued through the Department of Juvenile Justice.

The first and second juveniles will be charged with larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The third juvenile will face charges including felony possession of marijuana and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for controlled substance, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, resist, obstruct, and delay an officer, and carrying a concealed weapon.