Suspicious actions lead to arrests, drugs, police say

Feb. 25, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

A man who Granite Falls police say was trying to elude them landed in jail on drug charges instead.

An officer who had gone Saturday afternoon to serve warrants on residents of a house on Woodlane Street in Granite Falls noticed the driver of a silver 1999 Ford Expedition on Woodlane Street stare at him, then suddenly change directions and head down Forest Avenue, Lt. Chris Jenkins of the Granite Falls Police Department said. The officer followed, and the Expedition pulled into a driveway of a nearby house while a woman got out and approached the house's door.

The officer approached the driver and recognized him as James Brandon Smith, 34, of McCrary Place in Lenoir, from a previous arrest on a charge of driving with a suspended license.

The woman slipped away but was identified as Erin Olive Shell, 34, of Piney Mountain Road in Icard and was arrested a short time later on Woodlane Street. She was charged with resisting an officer. Her bond was set at $30,000 secured.

Jenkins said officers searching the car and Smith found 5.6 grams of crack cocaine, 9 grams of marijuana, five dosage units of Oxycontin, 14 dosage units of hydrocodone, 10 dosage units of Percoset and a half-gram of methamphetamine.

Smith was charged with two counts of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, possession with intent to make, sell and deliver a Schedule VI controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, two counts resisting an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked. A secured bond of $205,000 was set.