FROM STAFF REPORTS
Two Marion residents face drug trafficking charges after Iredell County Sheriff’s Office deputies found China White Heroin in their vehicle during a traffic stop on Taylorsville Highway.
According to an ICSO news release, members of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team stopped a vehicle near Interstate 40 for a traffic violation on Thursday, December 5.
As the deputies approached the car, they noticed the occupants were quickly moving around attempting to hide something, Sheriff Darren Campbell said in the news release.
The deputies subsequently spoke with the driver, who was identified as Jason Devon Randolph, and passenger Avorie Nicole West, and received consent to search the vehicle, the sheriff said.
During the search, deputies found one-quarter ounce of heroin mixed with fentanyl, a combination often referred to as “China White Heroin,” along with drug paraphernalia, according to the news release.
Randolph, 40, and West, 25, were taken into custody and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center.
Randolph was charged with felony trafficking heroin by transport, felony trafficking heroin by possession, felony possession with the intent to sell and deliver heroin, felony maintain a vehicle for sale of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.
West was charged with felony trafficking heroin by transport, felony trafficking heroin by possession, felony possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both suspects were taken before Magistrate Tutterow, who issued a $200,000 secured bond for each.
Campbell said the arrests demonstrate the ICSO’s commitment to keeping illegal narcotics out of our community.
“Through our intelligence networks, exchanging information with other law enforcement agencies, and continuous training in detecting suspicious activity, we are going to actively seek out those who come to Iredell County to either buy or sell illegal drugs,” he said.