Second Catawba student charged with drug possession

Published 2:20 pm Friday, October 2, 2015

Two Catawba College students have now been arrested on drug possession charges following a search of a dorm room on Wednesday.

One of the students, Jordan Lee Chillson, 22, was charged earlier in the week in several vehicle break-ins. At that time, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office reported heroin was found in his room.

His roommate, Kevin Brian Scott, was arrested and charged as the investigation continued.

It began on Sept. 30, around 6 a.m. when the Sheriff’s Office responded to a breaking and entering of a motor vehicle in the 1400 block of Devonmere Place.

The complainant gave authorities a description of the suspect and his vehicle, a white extended cab Chevrolet pickup truck.

Deputies found the truck in the area of Overhill Road and Overhill Drive, where a traffic stop was done. While speaking with the driver, Chillson, a resident of Mooresville, Chillson said he was driving his father’s vehicle.

A witness to the breaking and entering was brought to the scene and identified Chillson as the one breaking into the vehicle. Based on evidence discovered inside the truck, Chillson was arrested and charged with two counts of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle with the intent to commit larceny.

Deputies discovered several sheets of aluminum foil with a black residue in his wallet. Deputies recognized these items as consistent with heroin use.

Deputies then contacted staff at Catawba College to tell them about  the incident.

Based on the college’s policies and procedures, Catawba administrators searched Chillson’s dorm room in the Goodman East Residence Hall. Administrators discovered two metal lock boxes, a black plastic case containing heroin, 170 dosage units of amphetamines and drug paraphernalia.

One of the two metal boxes contained heroin, aluminum foil similar to that found on Chillson and personal items belonging to Chillson’s roommate, Scott,  22, a Charlotte resident.

Based on the evidence seized and interviews of Chillson and Scott, investigators charged Chillson with possession of heroin, possess with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance (amphetamines), and possession with intent to sell and deliver controlled substances within 300 feet of a school.

Scott was charged with possession of heroin and received a secured bond of $2,500.

Chillson’s bond was set at $15,000.