Stopped for speeding, man now faces drug charges

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Several pounds of marijuana were found when Salisbury Police stopped a man for speeding on N.C. 150 Tuesday.
Salisbury Police Officer Matt Benjamin was running radar on N.C. 150 and stopped a 2010 white Dodge Avenger near Sherrill’s Ford Road for speeding.
Benjamin smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and asked the driver, Damien Miguel Medlin, 31, of 455 Spence Drive for consent to search the vehicle, but Medlin would not allow it.
A Salisbury Police dog was brought to the scene and searched the outside of the vehicle for drugs. The dog alerted and a search of the inside of the vehicle was conducted. According to the report, a total of 10 pounds of marijuana was found and seized from two book bags inside the vehicle, along with $353 in cash.
Medlin was charged with one count of possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule VI and one count of maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.
Medlin was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $5,000 bond. His first court appearance was set for Friday.