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Multiple Individuals Arrested On Drug Charges After License Tag Reader Spots Suspect Vehicle
Top Row L-R: Nathan Michael Wagner, Breanna Leigh Hughes. Bottom Row, L-R: Timothy Mason Alexander, Pamela Logan Franklin
Courtesy of Alexander County Sheriff's Office

Multiple Individuals Arrested On Drug Charges After License Tag Reader Spots Suspect Vehicle

21-year-old Nathan Michael Wagner of Rock Hill, South Carolina, 20-year-old Breanna Leigh Hughes of Fort Lawn, South Carolina, 42-year-old Timothy Mason Alexander and 46-year-old Pamela Logan Franklin, both of Cornelius, North Carolina, were all arrested Thursday (July 8) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers and Taylorsville Police.

Wagner, Hughes, and Alexander are all charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Franklin is charged with felony possession of controlled substance on jail premises and misdemeanor resisting arrest. A fifth suspect was arrested on misdemeanor charges.

Thursday at approximately 11:15 a.m., a hit confirmation was received on a stolen vehicle via the Flock Safety License Plate Reader Camera that is being utilized by the Taylorsville Police Department and Alexander County Sheriff’s Office on a trial basis. The hit confirmation was received on a license plate of a white Hyundai Elantra that was located in the area of Murphy’s Gas Station in front of Walmart on Highway 16 in Taylorsville.

Officers with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and Taylorsville Police Department responded to the scene, where the vehicle was found and the occupants of the vehicle were detained. A K-9 officer alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted, where drug paraphernalia, concealed weapons (a wooden bat and hunting knives), and a quantity of meth were discovered. Meth was also seized from a female occupant of the vehicle in the Alexander County Detention Center while she was being processed.

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and Taylorsville Police Department are looking into placing Flock Safety License Plate Readers in various locations around the city and county. This License Plate Reader scans images of license plates and compares the tag numbers against databases, which include stolen vehicles, wanted persons, amber alerts, gang and suspected terrorists, immigration violations, sex offenders, missing persons, and domestic violence protection orders.

During the trial basis of approximately one month, Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and Taylorsville Police Department have made seven arrests utilizing the Flock Safety License Plate Reader, including a wanted person from New York, a stolen tag from Wilkes County, and the arrests listed above. A missing person from New York was also located utilizing the License Plate Reader.

Wagner and Franklin received $15,000 secured bond apiece, Hughes and Alexander each received $10,000 secured bonds. They all have District Court appearances scheduled next Monday (July 12).