Salisbury man charged with meth, heroin at license checkpoint

Published 12:01 pm Monday, April 27, 2015

Rowan authorities charged a Salisbury man with methamphetamine and heroin possession after he went through a driver’s license checkpoint.

Officials said the checkpoint was Sunday shortly after midnight at the intersection of Upper Palmer and Sides roads in Rockwell.

A black 2004 Dodge Ram pickup approached the checkpoint from Sides Road and when the driver rolled down his window to give the deputy his license, the deputy detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged Jeremy Paul Bowers, 26, of the 5900 block of Southern Lane with possession of a controlled substance schedule I and schedule II.

The deputy asked the driver, Jeremy Bowers, if he had any marijuana in the vehicle or on him. Bowers said no. Bowers pulled off to the roadside and was asked to exit the vehicle. The officer searched the vehicle and Bowers, a statement said, based on probable cause.

A black box was found stuck to the bottom of the driver’s seat using two magnets that contained two small plastic bags with four grams of meth ice and a small piece of plastic with 0.1 gram of heroin.

Bowers has since been released under a $5,000 secured bond. He was convicted in 2014 of misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon.

Bowers was charged in March with misdemeanor larceny and misdemeanor assault on a female, which is still pending.