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Salisbury man charged with buying drugs to make meth

SALISBURY — Rowan authorities charged a Salisbury man with using another man’s driver’s license to buy pseudoephedrine from area pharmacies to make methamphetamine.

Hurley was charged Thursday with two counts of failure to appear/comply. He was issued a secured bond of $52,500 on initial charges and given an additional $18,000 secured bond.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kevin Shawn Hurley, 28, of the 200 block of Bee Lake Drive, Salisbury on Wednesday during a traffic stop at Providence Church Road and Poole Road for a variety of charges.

Hurley was charged with possession and use of a North Carolina driver’s license in the name of someone else for the purpose of obtaining pseudoephedrine from area pharmacies. He was also charged with trafficking in stolen identities with the intent to assist others in obtaining pseudoephedrine from area pharmacies.

Pseudoephedrine is a primary component in the illicit manufacturing of methamphetamine. Individuals obtaining pseudoephedrine are required to show identification during such purchases, sheriff officials said. Due to state laws regulating the frequency of such purchases, people use stolen identities to disguise their purchases.

The Sheriff’s Office issued arrest warrants on May 17 for Hurley, but he avoided capture for multiple days. On Tuesday, Hurley broke into a residence in the 300 block of Bee Lake Drive to avoid apprehension.

A homeowner discovered Hurley inside and Hurley then ran from the residence. Hurley was charged with breaking and entering and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hurley left behind syringes, spoons and smoking pipes at the location.

At the time of Hurley’s arrest in the traffic stop he was found in possession of a small amount of cocaine and charged with felony possession of cocaine.

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