Former Food Lion employee in possession of heroin, cocaine arrested, charged

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 13, 2016

By Shavonne Walker

SALISBURY — Salisbury Police say a former Food Lion warehouse employee is accused of possessing heroin and cocaine at work. Police officials were contacted by the company’s loss prevention after another employee found the drugs in a plastic bag.

Police charged Eric Lamont Black, 34, of the 2400 block of Old Wilkesboro Road, with felony possession of a controlled substance schedule I and felony possession of a controlled substance schedule II.

Police received the call to the Harrison Road warehouse at 10 p.m. on Sunday, said Police Capt. Shelia Lingle.

An employee found the plastic bag in the break room and turned it in to a supervisor, who contacted loss prevention.

Lingle said the employee who claimed the bag of drugs, later identified as Eric Black, said he “knew he would be fired, but he wanted it back because it was worth $1,000.”

The bag contained four grams of heroin and one gram of powder cocaine. The drugs were divided into little baggies.

Black left before police arrived, but he was stopped in a vehicle. Police obtained an arrest warrant and the company attempted to call Black back to retrieve his wallet.

He was issued a $10,000 secured bond and has since been released from the Rowan County Detention Center.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.