25-year-old Melinda Kay Lucas of Glade Creek Acres in Taylorsville and 40-year-old James Kelly Lynch of Section House Road in Hickory were both arrested on drug charges by Hickory Police shortly before four o’clock this morning (August 27). Lucas was charged with felony counts of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine), and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana), along with misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule III & IV controlled substances. Lynch faces one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance (heroin). Both suspects were charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Lucas and Lynch were taken into custody without incident at a convenience store on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. They were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Lucas set at $11,750, secured, while Lynch was given a $5,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.