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Kenneth DeLayne Forde

Sheriff: Felon faces drug, weapons charges after traffic stop on I-77

Posted at 4:07 PM on May 6, 2019


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A Charlotte man faces multiple felony charges after an Iredell County Sheriff's Office deputy found drugs and a stolen handgun in a vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 77.

Sheriff Darren Campbell announced the arrest of Kenneth DeLayne Forde, 24, in a news release on Monday.

On Friday, May 3, Deputy Michael Hicks conducted a traffic stop on a southbound 2018 Dodge Charger at mile marker 61 on Interstate 77 for a traffic violation, according to the news release.

Upon making contact with the occupants of the vehicle, Hicks, who is assigned to the ICSO Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team, smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car, Campbell said.

The driver and passenger were both removed from the vehicle. A probable cause search was conducted by deputies, according to the news release.

The search uncovered 96 grams of hydroponic marijuana and a Glock .40-caliber handgun, which were hidden in the trunk of the car inside a duffle bag, Campbell said. The handgun had been reported stolen in the City of Charlotte.

After the deputy confirmed that the gun was stolen, Forde admitted to possessing the marijuana and the firearm, Campbell said.

Forde was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center, where he was charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm, felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, felony possession of marijuana, felony possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for selling controlled substances.

Forde was taken before the Magistrate Sanders, who issued a $50,000 bond on these charges.

Forde's criminal history includes misdemeanor larceny, felony discharging a weapon into occupied property, and felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to the ICSO.

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