Traffic stop leads to drug charges

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 08:24 AM

A traffic stop that began with a police officer recognizing a driver who skipped a court hearing ended in four people being arrested on drug charges Sunday afternoon, Lenoir police said.

Officer C.L. Greene saw Virginina Kathy Decker, 29, of Kirby Ward Lane in Hudson driving on Wildwood Road about 4:30 p.m. and knew she was wanted for failing to appear in court, so he checked the car's license plate and learned it was expired, Capt. Larry Clark said. Greene turned his car around, caught up to the car Decker was driving on Ivy Ridge Road and pulled it over.

The owner of the car, Anthony Wayne Hopkins, 35, of Kirby Ward Lane, who was in the front passenger seat, gave permission for Greene to search the car, Clark said. Greene found digital scales and a case containing syringes, spoons and a straw in the right rear passenger area, and a duffel bag containing a potato chip can with methamphetamine inside, Clark said.

Neither Decker, Hopkins nor the two passengers in the back seats, Roland Edward Gullett, 39, of Calvary Place NW and Garry Dean Sanders Jr., 28, of Woodmont Court, admitted owning the items, so all were charged, Clark said.

Gullett and Sanders were each charged with possession with intent to make, sell and deliver methamphetamine, manufacture of methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Gullet's bond was set at $50,500 secured. Sanders' bond was set at $50,000 secured.

Hopkins and Decker were each charged with manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Decker also was charged with failure to appear. Hopkins' bond was set at $50,000 secured. Decker's bond was set at $53,000 secured.