FROM STAFF REPORTS
A Salisbury man faces drug charges after Iredell County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped him for a traffic violation on Mt. Ulla Highway.
Sheriff Darren Campbell announced the arrest of Jericho Lamonte White, 29, in a news release on Wednesday.
White was traveling on Mt. Ulla Highway at Wiggins Road for a traffic violation by deputies assigned to the ICSO Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team on Friday, February 11, Campbell said.
While deputies were speaking with White about the traffic violation, ICSO K9 Brandi arrived on scene to assist with the traffic stop. Brandi alerted on the vehicle for the presence of illegal drugs, according to the news release.
The deputies asked White to step out of his vehicle. While they were performing a pat down on him, the deputies felt what they believed to be a package of illegal drugs in his pants pocket, Campbell said.
White then pushed one of the deputies away and fled on foot, running across Mt Ulla Highway into oncoming traffic, according to the news release.
Deputies and K9 Brandi chased White into a nearby field. During the foot pursuit, the deputies saw the suspect remove an object from his pocket throw it while we continued to run, Campbell said.
A short distance later deputies, the suspect was apprehended and taken into custody.
Deputies then searched the area where White had run and located 5.4 grams of crack cocaine scattered on the ground along with items of drug paraphernalia, according to the news release.
White was then transported to the Iredell County Detention Center, where he was charged with Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Cocaine, Felony Maintain a Vehicle for the Use or Sale of a Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, two counts of Misdemeanor Assault on a Government Official, Misdemeanor Resisting a Public Officer, Misdemeanor Injury to Property, and Driving While License Revoked.
White appeared before Magistrate Russell, who issued a $10,000 secured bond on these charges.