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Ernest William Holland

SPD: Officers seize cash, drugs during traffic stop

Posted at 4:48 PM on Jan 7, 2019

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

A Statesville man faces felony drug charges following a traffic stop on Gay Street.

Just before midnight on Saturday, January 5, a K-9 officer initiated a traffic stop for an equipment violation on a passenger vehicle near the intersection of Salisbury Road and Gay Street, according to an SPD news release.

The driver, identified as 61-year-old Ernest William Holland, consented to a search of his person at the request of the officer, police said.

After an another patrol officer responded to assist with the search, the K-9 officer approached to search Holland, at which time Holland attempted to flee and threw what appeared to be a pill bottle underneath the K-9 officer’s vehicle, according to the news release.

Holland was detained before he could flee, police said.

Officers located a pill bottle which contained over 8 grams of crack cocaine, over 7 grams of cocaine and various pills identified as hydrocodone and oxycodone, according to the news release.

A search of the vehicle also yielded over $1,800, police said.

Holland, wo lives off Independence Loop, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, two couts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance, felony maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances and resisting a public officer.

Holland was transported to the police department for felony processing and then taken before the magistrate at the Iredell County Jail, where he was issued an $80,000 secured bond.

The suspect is also awaiting trial on felony drug charges filed by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office.

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