35-year-old Joshua Lee Franklin of Hickory Lincolnton Highway in Newton was arrested Wednesday (November 17) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with six felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, single felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, conspire to traffic opium or heroin, possession of schedule I controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Franklin is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana, one-half to one-and-one-half ounces, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Wednesday, Investigators with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Group (SEG) attempted to serve an outstanding warrant for arrest at a residence on Hickory Lincolnton Highway. The person named on that warrant was not present. A resident of that address, Joshua Lee Franklin, subsequently consented to a search of the premises.
During that search investigators reportedly found and seized 71.4 grams of crystal meth, 6.94 grams of powdered heroin, 28 grams of marijuana, 26 dosage units of xanax, 9.45 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, six handguns, five ammunition boxes with assorted calibers of ammunition and $2,223 in U.S. Currency. One of the firearms was reported stolen from Spruce Pine, NC.
Franklin, a convicted felon, was arrested and charged with the firearm and drug counts. Franklin was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $200,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (November 19). He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court Thursday (November 18).
The Hickory Police Department, Long View Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) contributed to this investigation.[Photos of drugs, guns, money seized courtesy of Catawba County Sheriff’s Office]