47-year-old Jose Luis Bosquez of Gastonia and 36-year-old Carroll Joshua Brown of Lincolnton have both been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers on felony meth charges. They were each charged with trafficking in methamphetamine (two counts for Bosquez and one count for Brown), possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm, simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bosquez was also charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and driving while license revoked. He was also served with an order for arrest out of Gaston County for driving while license revoked. Brown faces additional charges for maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Early on the morning of April 19, a Patrol Deputy saw a silver Range Rover near Joshua Court. The Deputy saw the vehicle travel to a residence known for drug activity on the 3400 block of N.C. Highway 27. She watched as a male in a white t-shirt made several trips, carrying unknown items back and forth between the residence and the vehicle. The vehicle left the scene. A paper license plate on the vehicle was partially covered. The Deputy stopped the Ranger Rover near the Buffalo Shoals Road intersection.
The driver was identified as Jose Luis Bosquez and a passenger was identified as Carroll Joshua Brown. Bosquez was wanted on outstanding warrants from Gaston County. Lincolnton Police K-9 Officer Rushing arrived on the scene and the K-9 alerted to drugs in the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle turned up items that included $2,151 in cash, 438 grams of methamphetamine contained in six different baggies, 5.8 grams of marijuana, 35 Oxycodone pills, ten Buprenorphine/Naloxone films, a stolen 9mm Glock with a rifle attachment, a black polymer80 frame, a black slide, a gray polymer80 frame, and a tan non-serialized firearm with a black frame and affixed laser. Officers also found a tan 33 round magazine containing 27 projectiles, a black 30 round magazine containing 22 projectiles, a black Glock 14 round magazine containing 14 projectiles, four empty black magazines, a box of 9mm “Hotshot” ammunition containing 38 projectiles, and various baggies containing contraband.
An additional $2,784 was found when Bosquez was searched in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center. He was jailed under a $451,000 secured bond. Brown’s bond was set at $577,000, secured. They will both appear in District Court on May 11.