Five arrested in Rowan, Cabarrus on drug charges

Published 4:02 pm Saturday, October 31, 2015

Law enforcement in Rowan and Cabarrus counties have arrested five people on multiple drug charges including conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine.

Warrants and jail records show three of the arrested individuals live in Rowan County, one lives in Salisbury and another lives in Cabarrus County. The charged individuals include: Cabarrus County resident Hope Elizabeth Berrier, Salisbury resident John Clinton Dunbar, Gold Hill resident Tonya Renay Garrison, Rowan County resident Shannon Dale Hartman and Rowan County resident Teresa Hurley.

Dunbar, Garrison, Hartman and Hurley were booked into the Rowan County Jail late Friday. Berrier was booked into the Cabarrus County jail on Thursday.

Jail records show Garrison, Hartman and Hurley are charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and each remained in jail Saturday afternoon under a $500,000 bail.

Cabarrus jail records show Berrier remained in jail Saturday afternoon on charges of trafficking methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. Berrier’s total bail amount is $250,000, according to jail records.

Dunbar is in jail on nine total charges, including: driving while license revoked; two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of a schedule II controlled substance with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute; possession of a schedule III controlled substance with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute; possession of a schedule IV controlled substance with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute; maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for a controlled substance; trafficking drugs and conspiring to traffick methamphetamine.

Warrants link all of the five charged individuals to conspiring to traffic 400 grams or more of methamphetamine.

The four in Rowan County Jail were booked into the facility within two hours of one another.

Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten said the arrests are part of an ongoing investigation. Auten said he didn’t want to comment further on the case.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.