Improper equipment leads to illegal drugs, arrests

Feb. 26, 2013 @ 08:39 AM

A routine traffic stop in Granite Falls Sunday netted two suspects, drugs and felony charges.

Granite Falls Police Officer Clint Ferguson was patrolling the area near the Shoppes at Rivercrest on Hickory Boulevard just before 12:30 a.m. when the officer noticed a 1997 Cadillac DeVille on Riverbend Drive with a broken tag light, said Lt. Chris Jenkins of the department. After the driver, Randy Eugene Smith, began to act suspiciously, A K-9 officer from the Hickory Police Department was called in to search for drugs. The K-9 alerted and the car was searched. Recovered from the car were 28 grams of methamphetamine, two dosage units of Xanax and one unit of morphine.

Smith, of 1042 Sleepy Hollow Road, gave the officer a different name, that of his brother, resulting in a charge of resisting a public officer. Smith, 30, was also charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and felony maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. Smith also was served with warrants for possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of drug paraphernalia. Smith was given a $25,000 secured bond.

Also arrested was a passenger, Jessica Irene Watson Shupe, 30, of 1511 Hoods Creek Road. Shupe was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Shupe was given a $30,000 secured bond.