• 68°

Two charged with drug offenses across from Rowan Sheriff’s Office


Bryan Mayes

Taylor Allison Stotts

By Shavonne Walker


SALISBURY — Rowan County authorities said they caught two people buying drugs in the parking lot across from the Sheriff’s Office.

A man and a woman were charged with drug possession.

Bryan Mayes, 41, was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Taylor Allison Stotts, 22, was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of a Schedule IV substance.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, a blue Honda Civic pulled into a reserved parking lot where Sheriff’s Office and judicial personnel park. The car backed into a parking space reserved for a detective. The driver moved to another spot when the officer arrived.

Detectives could see the activity from their offices, a report said.

After some time, a detective saw that the car was still there with a woman in the driver’s seat and a man in the back passenger seat. The man got out of the vehicle with what looked like a pill bottle, then put something in his mouth.

The man also dropped trash on the ground.

Two detectives who were watching approached the vehicle.

One of them asked the two why they were in the parking lot and why they threw trash on the ground. The detective asked the man what was in his hand, and the man handed the detective a pill bottle. The bottle, which did not have a label, had a small bag of methamphetamine and Xanax bars inside.

The detective asked Stotts if there was anything else illegal in the vehicle. She said she had some marijuana roaches in her purse in the front seat, according to a report.

The officer searched the vehicle and found a pill bottle with “alprazolam” written on it, but it contained marijuana roaches and 20 pills.

The bottle belonged to Stotts’ mother.

Another pill bottle found had another name on it and at some point contained alprazolam an anti-anxiety drug.

Stotts had a pill bottle with her name on it but she told the detective her alprazolam was at home.

Mayes was issued a $5,000 secured bond and was released from the Rowan County jail.

Stotts was issued a $3,000 secured bond and also was released.



Asheville man charged with heroin possession following traffic checkpoint


Susan Cox conceding school board race, putting support behind opponent


Rowan-Salisbury Schools will survey families, stakeholders about next superintendent


Library to reopen for in-person visits Oct. 1


Rowan Sheriff’s Office K-9s to receive bulletproof vests


Man charged with sex offense, raping teen


Commissioners receive analysis of county’s development application process


Man arrested in Spencer in connection with Charlotte murder investigation


County government losing assistant manager, social services director


RSS will collect information on full K-5 return


KCS sees smooth transition back to classes, unlikely to transition to all in-person for K-5


Barrett emerges as court favorite; Trump to pick by weekend


Tillis says Trump will extend offshore drilling pause to NC


12% of all Rowan COVID-19 cases currently active


Blotter: Concord man faces drug charges after hotel disturbance call


Rockwell teen charged with rape of a 14-year-old girl


Police: Charlotte man caught stealing funeral home employee’s truck


Rowan Social Services director takes new job in New Hanover County; Heidrick to retire

Ask Us

Ask us: Will masks be required in Rowan County polling locations?


Political Notebook: Tillis, Cunningham differ on when to fill SCOTUS vacancy


Local state trooper, firefighter returns home after Army deployment


Blast from the past: Concordia Lutheran Church opens time capsule from previous century


Blotter: Salisbury man charged with damaging video camera, tresspassing


North Carolina man faces over 300 sex-related charges