Three arrested on cocaine charges

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 4, 2011

By Shavonne Potts
Three people were arrested on allegations of cocaine possession following a weekend traffic stop for a vehicle with a rear light out.
A Salisbury police officer pulled over the 1996 Ford Explorer on Bendix Drive on Saturday because the tail light was out and the officer noticed a backseat passenger ducked down in the seat. The officer asked to search the vehicle because of the passenger’s suspicious behavior. Consent was given to search the vehicle and the officer located three crack rocks hidden in the bottom of a cup of water, an open container of vodka, Clonazepam, an anti-anxiety medication and acetaminophen, a pain reliever.
The driver, Timothy DeShannon Boyd, 40, of 622 E. Cemetery St., Salisbury, was charged with felony possession of cocaine. A department report said Boyd had one gram of crack cocaine. He told the officer the car did not belong to him. He was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under $500 secured bond and has since been released.
Boyd was recently given probation for a conviction of misdemeanor assault on a female and has previous convictions for drug possession, burglary, robbery and attempted assault.
The owner of the car, Sean Miguel Mettler, 33, of 160 Willow Oaks Drive, China Grove, was charged with felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance, felony possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. A department report said Mettler also had a small amount of crack cocaine. Mettler was held in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $1,000 bond.
Tracy Lynn Silcox, 42, of 435 Park Ave., Salisbury, also known as Tracy Orbaker and Tracy Lynn Olena, was also in the vehicle, but she was arrested at her home on Sunday on a charge of felony possession of cocaine. She was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $1,000 bond. Silcox has since been released.
She was charged in July on a charge of stabbing a woman with a pocketknife. Silcox, who has several prior misdemeanor convictions and felony drug charges, was recently released from jail after serving time for a 2007 larceny conviction.
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.