Search leads to nearly $28,000 found in paint cans with false bottoms

Published 12:11 pm Friday, June 2, 2017

By Shavonne Walker

SALISBURY — A Kannapolis man was charged with drug possession after deputies accompanied probation officers on a visit to his home and discovered nearly $28,000 in paint cans with false bottoms as well as cocaine and items used to “cut” heroin and cocaine.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged Tevin Marcell Moore, 24, of 130 Red Maple Drive, with felony possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and felony possession of cocaine.

The search was done May 26 at the Kannapolis home. Officials seized $27,480 as well as a small amount of marijuana and inosital and mannitol, both of which are used to dilute heroin and cocaine. The products were found in paint cans with false bottoms.

While at the home, officers used a dog to search vehicles parked outside. One vehicle belonged to Moore’s girlfriend and the other to someone who lives in Charlotte.

Authorities did not receive consent to search the other vehicle, a 2005 Acura, but applied for a search warrant and seized the vehicle. Inside it, officials found a tire sealant can with a false bottom, 19 grams of cocaine and five unidentified tablets as well as bags and a digital scale.

Moore was issued a $10,000 secured bond — half for the probation violation and the other for the new charges. He has since been released.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.