FROM STAFF REPORTS

A Mooresville man faces a half dozen drug charges after he was stopped for a traffic offense by an Iredell County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

Sheriff Darren Campbell announced the arrest of Ricky Leo Frenette, 56, in a news release.

Ricky Frenette

The ICSO began investigating on Wednesday, August 11, after Deputy D. Joyce stopped a vehicle for a traffic offense near near Shepherd Road, Campbell said.

Deputy Joyce approached the vehicle and spoke with Frenette, who was driving the vehicle. Deputy N. Hodges came to assist Deputy Joyce with the traffic stop and deployed K-9 “Levi” who indicated on the odor of a controlled substance inside the vehicle, according to the news release.

The deputies performed a search of the vehicle and located 3.9 grams of methamphetamine, cocaine, six methadone tablets, and 3.7 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, along with multiple items of drug paraphernalia, Campbell said.

Frenette was arrested on scene and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center, where he was charged with Felony Maintaining a Vehicle for the Sale or Use of an Illegal Substance, Felony Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance, Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Felony Possession of Cocaine, Misdemeanor Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (Methadone Tablets), and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Magistrate Callejas issued a $7,500 secured bond on these charges.

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