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Kannapolis man’s pipe attracts police attention

Brian Ray Payne



A Kannapolis man was arrested Thursday on a half dozen drug charges after allegedly smoking marijuana and driving.

Brian Ray Payne, 36, of 918 Laura Ave. in Kannapolis, was arrested near Rockwell after deputies said they noticed a multi-colored smoking pipe in his lap.

Payne was charged with possession of a schedule II substance with intent to manufacture sell or distribute, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance with intent to manufacture sell or distribute, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, two counts of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and using drug equipment or paraphernalia.

Sheriff’s deputies said they smelled an odor of marijuana in the car and asked Payne for his license, according to the incident report. When Payne stepped out of his vehicle, deputies didn’t see the pipe and asked Payne where the pipe went.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Capt. John Sifford said Payne told deputies he threw the pipe into the back seat of the vehicle after being pulled over.

After searching the vehicle, deputies found a total of 2.7 ounces of marijuana, Sifford said. The marijuana was found in a driver’s side door pocket and mason jars inside of a backpack on the passenger’s side.

Sifford said deputies also found several different types of pills inside of the backpack. The pills included oxycodone, oxycotton, alprazolam and clonazepam.

Payne was booked into the Rowan County Jail following the traffic stop and placed under at $25,000 bail.



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