Spencer man charged with cocaine possession on jail premises

  • Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 11:24 a.m.
Vernon Wiggins
Vernon Wiggins

SALISBURY — A Spencer man booked into the county jail was charged with drug possession after police say crack cocaine fell out of his pocket.

Salisbury Police charged Vernon Wiggins, 52, of North Salisbury Avenue, with misdemeanor resist, delay, obstruct an officer, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance on jail premises, both of which are felonies.


An officer noticed Wiggins stumbling in front of the Wilco-Hess convenience store at 500 E. Innes St., a report said. The incident occurred shortly before 1 a.m. on Wednesday.

Wiggins walked to North Shaver and then to the 400 block of East Innes Street. The officer told Wiggins he could not remain on the property because the owners didn’t allow anyone there after hours. He became verbally aggressive, a report said, and he refused to leave. When the officer asked Wiggins his name, he gave him the last name of Williams. The officer asked if Wiggins was lying. Wiggins answered yes.

Wiggins was charged with obstructing and trespassing. He had previously been banned from the Wilco-Hess, a report said. Wiggins was “acting strange” said Capt. Shelia Lingle.

Wiggins told the officer he had 15 cents in his pockets that he couldn’t find. He continued to dig into his pockets, even after the officer told him to remove his hands. The officer searched Wiggins, shaking his pants, and out fell a bag containing what looked like crack cocaine.

Wiggins remains in the Rowan County jail under a $2,500 secured bond. Wiggins has previously been convicted of breaking and entering, driving while impaired, larceny, disorderly conduct and communicating threats.

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

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