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Two charged after officer smells marijuana coming from car

Charged

Omar Jocquel Lipscomb

Keenen Isiah Cowan

By Shavonne Walker
shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Two men were arrested on drug charges Thursday after they drove toward a police officer who was helping a deputy on another call.

The officer noted the smell of marijuana coming from the car, police said.

The Salisbury Police Department charged Omar Jocquel Lipscomb, 20, of the 6500 block of Bringle Ferry Road, with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture and felony maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for use of a controlled substance.

Keenen Isiah Cowan, 21, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture and felony maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for use of a controlled substance and two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance Schedule VI.

The officer had just finished assisting a Rowan County sheriff’s deputy with a search for a suspect using a K-9 when a suspicious vehicle approached the officer on Callaway Drive, a police report said.

The officer said a marijuana smell was coming from the vehicle. Lipscomb, the driver, was in possession of marijuana, according to the report.

The officer also found a digital scale, two bags of marijuana, liquid THC, and marijuana roaches.

Cowan was released from the Rowan County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. Lipscomb was released under a $3,500 secured bond.

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