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Salisbury pair charged with cocaine, marijuana possession after traffic stop

Police charged two men with cocaine and marijuana possession following a traffic stop late Tuesday night.

Salisbury Police say Christopher Lee Hollie, 34, of the 200 block of West 11th Street, and Burlee Tobias Kersey III, 31, of the 800 block of Carowood Drive, were traveling in the intersection of North Main and 11th streets when an officer check the license plate of the car and the information showed the driver had a probation violation.

The officer smelled marijuana coming from the car when the driver, later identified as Burlee Kersey, rolled down the window. The officer asked the two to step out of the car. Kersey also goes by Tink Kersey as well as the nicknames King Justice and Sin Allah. He was searched and the officer found 5.8 grams of marijuana in his pant’s pocket. Kersey also had a digital scale in the center console of his car. Hollie was searched and the officer found 13.5 grams of marijuana, 21 crack cocaine rocks and $172 were all found inside his pocket.

Christopher Hollie was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture a schedule II, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance schedule VI, misdemeanor failure to appear/comply for child support. He remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $4,700 secured bond. Hollie was convicted of drug possession, driving while license revoked and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Burlee Kersey was charged with simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and probation violation, all of which are misdemeanors. Kersey is currently probation for an August 2013 conviction for misdemeanor hit and run. He has also been convicted drug possession, larceny, receiving a stolen vehicle, robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of firearm by a felon, possession of stolen goods and reckless driving.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

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