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Police seize marijuana, guns, hundreds of ammo

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John Alvin Jefferies Jr.

Aquavius Robert Lee

Aaron Devon Wilks

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By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Three men, including a 16-year-old, were charged Monday after police confiscated five handguns, marijuana, cocaine and hundreds of rounds of ammunition after spotting one of the men walking in the street.

A Salisbury police officer saw a Chevrolet Malibu parked at West Fisher and Lloyd streets about 7:30 p.m. and recognized Aquavius Robert Lee, a man who had outstanding felony warrants, walking near the car with two others. The officer said he could smell marijuana as he approached the vehicle. He spoke with the driver and searched the car.

Police charged Lee, 20, of the 1300 block of West Bank Street, with felony possession of a controlled substance Schedule II and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He has April 5 warrants for felony attempted common law robbery and misdemeanor simple assault. Lee remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $7,500 secured bond.

Aaron Devon Wilks, 25, of the 400 block of Harrel Street, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture a Schedule VI substance; felony possession of a controlled substance Schedule II; misdemeanor maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance; and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police said Wilks was a passenger in the vehicle and told the officer he had a gun and a permit to carry it. He was issued a $5,000 secured bond and was released from the county jail.

The car belonged to a relative of Wilks who gave him permission to use it, a police report said.

John Alvin Jefferies Jr., 16, of the 800 block of South Fulton Street, was charged with misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon and misdemeanor possession/carrying a firearm by a minor. He remains in the county jail under a $2,500 secured bond.

Police found a .45-caliber handgun underneath the driver’s seat, a clear plastic bag with marijuana inside in the center console, and a box of sandwich bags. The officer seized three book bags with marijuana, cash, guns and ammunition in them. Also found were a large clear plastic bag containing marijuana; a 9 mm with an extended magazine and a bullet barrel; another plastic bag of marijuana; a small bag with 1 gram of powdered cocaine; boxes of bullets; a magazine with bullets inside; a .45-caliber handgun; a .40-caliber handgun; and a digital scale.

Police also found two cellphones.

The seized cash totaled $525, and the marijuana totaled 8 ounces or about $2,000 worth.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

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