Two charged with drug offenses

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 12, 2011

By Nathan Hardin
SALISBURY — A call about suspicious men and a not-so-subtle pack of Newport cigarettes led to charges for two men on Friday.
Salisbury Police said 23-year-old Jonathan David King and 31-year-old Steven Dawkins were arrested near the intersection of Forney Street and Old Wilkesboro Road about 4:15 p.m.
Officers had been alerted about an hour earlier after a call said the men “were in possession of guns,” the report said.
As officers attempted to stop the men, the report said, King continued walking away from police and dropped a pack of cigarettes on the side of the street.
Authorities searched the pack and found 6.2 grams, or .22 ounces, of cocaine in individual bags and two razor blades.
Dawkins had an outstanding order for arrest from 2008, the report said. After taking him into custody, officers also found 1.4 grams of marijuana.
King was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Dawkins was charged with failure to appear and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
King was released after posting a $10,000 bond. Dawkins was in jail Monday under a $7,500 bond.