Man out on bond arrested on drug charges

Sep. 24, 2013 @ 08:13 AM

A Lenoir man who was out of jail while awaiting trial on previous drug charges was arrested Friday on new drug charges.

Narcotics agents with the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office pulled over Benny Dale Laney Sr., 45, of 2085 Enlos Place after narcotics agents saw him driving a 2000 Lexus GS300 on U.S. 321-A in Granite Falls because they knew Laney did not have a valid driver's license, a sheriff's office press release said. Agents tried to arrest Laney for the driving offense, and Laney got into a scuffle with the agents, the press release said.

During a search of the car and Laney, agents found Oxycodone and Alprazolam pills and $188 in cash, the press release said.

Laney was charged with felony trafficking in opiates, felony maintaining a vehicle to keep or store a controlled substance, driving while license revoked, resisting an officer, and simple possession of Alprazolam. Laney was placed in jail and his bond was set at $125,000.

Laney previously was charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver opiates and felony maintaining a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance. He had posted bond for those charges and was out of jail until Friday's arrest.

A check of the N.C. Division of Adult Correction shows Laney has numerous prior convictions, including habitual felon, felony breaking and entering, damage to property, driving while impaired, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to inflict serious injury, larceny and driving while license permanently revoked.