Tussle in the kitchen leads to pill possession charges

Published 1:14 pm Thursday, November 10, 2016

By Shavonne Walker
shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Authorities say a tussle in a kitchen led them to charge a man with possession of narcotics and two women with obstruction after they responded to a disturbance at a Fries Street apartment.

Salisbury Police charged Kevin Celester Taylor Vaughn, 27, of the 1100 block of Fries Street with misdemeanor simple possession of a controlled substance schedule II and two counts of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance schedule IV.

Kevin Vaughn was issued a $2,500 secured bond and has since been released from the Rowan County Detention Center.

Carmen Marie Cortez, 45, of the 200 block of West McCubbins Street, was charged with misdemeanor resist, obstruct, delay an officer. Cortez was issued a $2,000 secured bond and has since been released from the county jail.

Angela Lee Vaughn, 46, of the 200 block of West McCubbins Street, was charged with misdemeanor resist, obstruct, delay an officer. Angela Vaughn was issued a $1,500 secured bond and has been released from the Rowan County jail.

Police went to the apartment around 12:30 a.m. because a disturbance was reported there. A woman, later identified as Carmen Cortez, came to the door and told the officer everything was fine and they could leave. The officer said in a report he could hear a commotion inside the apartment, said Police Capt. Shelia Lingle.

The officer noted it sounded like someone was fighting inside and hitting against walls and told the woman he would be checking inside anyway. She blocked the officer from entering repeatedly even after the officer asked her to move.

The officer was able to get in and another woman blocked him from going into the kitchen, but the officer could see two men tussling on the floor. The woman was identified as Angela Vaughn. The officer had to move her out of the way to get to the kitchen, Lingle said.

A man identified later as Kevin Vaughn tried to hide a plastic bag under the stove during the tussle.

The officer saw the bag, which contained 36 tramadol, four hydrocodone, two alprazolam and eight and a half furosemide pills.

The officer was told that the pills came from Kevin Vaughn’s grandmother.

A report said Kevin Vaughn was intoxicated and an ambulance was called to the scene.

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