Driver OKs search, officer finds drugs

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 4, 2011

By Shavonne Potts
A Salisbury man was charged with drug possession Sunday after he consented to a vehicle search while cocaine was in plain view.
Salisbury police officer Bryan Hodgson charged Barry Steven Jones, 58, whose address is listed as the streets of Salisbury, with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
The officer stopped a suspicious vehicle, a green sport utility vehicle at 200 Confederate Ave., Salisbury at 9:17 a.m. The vehicle belonged to Jones. The officer noticed crack cocaine sitting on the passenger’s seat and asked Jones if he could search the vehicle. Jones gave the officer permission.
The officer found five crack rocks and a silver spoon. Jones was held in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $2,000 bond. He has since been released.
Jones was convicted in September of drug possession and larceny. He was previously convicted of harboring an escapee and multiple other drug possession charges.
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.