Leverett Sanford Jr.
SPD: Two suspects face drug, weapons charges after traffic stop
PHOTO: Evidence seized by SPD officers during a traffic stop on Thursday.
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Statesville police arrested two people on drug and weapons charges following a traffic stop on Thursday, January 10.
A traffic officer initiated a traffic stop on a passenger car for speeding on East Broad Street near Oakwood Drive about 9 p.m., according to an SPD news release.
As the officer was speaking to the passenger of the vehicle, he observed narcotics paraphernalia in the floorboard of the passenger side, police said.
After an additional patrol officer responded to assist, officers searched the vehicle and the two occupants, according to the news release. While searching the vehicle, officers located over 25 grams of marijuana, a small amount pills identified as alprazolam, and an assortment of paraphernalia associated with the use of narcotics, police said.
A concealed handgun with a removed/altered serial number was also found, according to the news release.
The driver, identified as 20-year-old Shelby Goodman of Olin, and a passenger, 24-year-old Leverett Sanford Jr. of Tiverton, R.I., were arrested and transported to the Statesville Police Department for processing and then taken before the magistrate at the Iredell County Jail.
Sanford was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a vehicle, carrying concealed gun, and alter/destroy/remove serial number from a firearm and received a $50,000 secured bond.
Goodman was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying concealed gun, and alter/destroy/remove serial number from a firearm and received a $3,000 secured bond.