• 73°

K-9 sniffs out $50,000 worth of drugs hidden in car

Charged

Marcus Demond Davis

Porschia Nicole Clay

SALISBURY — A Rowan County Sheriff’s Office dog sniffed out $50,000 worth of cocaine and other drugs hidden in a vehicle on Interstate 85.

The Crime Reduction Unit was conducting operations on the interstate Tuesday when investigators stopped a blue 2001 Chevrolet Malibu for a routine traffic infraction.

The vehicle was registered to the driver, Marcus Demond Davis, 41, of the 8100 block of Vermilion Drive, Charlotte. Porschia Nicole Clay, 38, also of the same address, was a passenger.

When deputies approached the vehicle, they detected the odor of marijuana coming from the passenger compartment. A drug detection dog was brought in to “free air” search the vehicle. The dog detected the presence of controlled substances.

Deputies searched the vehicle and found a plastic bag containing about 6 grams of marijuana under the front passenger seat.

In addition, concealed in the back wheel well area of the car behind a carpeted area, they found a package containing 507 grams of cocaine, valued at $50,000.

Deputies also found $3,250 in cash.

The money and vehicle were seized to satisfy drug taxes owed to the North Carolina Department of Revenue, officials said.

Davis and Clay were each charged with Level III trafficking in cocaine by possession and transportation; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; and maintaining a vehicle for dealing in controlled substances.

Davis and Clay each received a $30,000 secured bond.

Under North Carolina law, Level III cocaine trafficking carries a sentence of 175 to 222 months in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Clay has previous felony convictions for possession of drugs and larceny. Davis has convictions for motor vehicle violations.

Comments

Crime

Man charged for stowing away on Norfolk Southern train, impeding railroad operations

Local

Group will protest treatment of Georgia woman during 2019 traffic stop

Crime

Man overdoses at Piedmont Correctional Institute

Crime

Sheriff’s Office: Two men escape from jail, found in bushes on Fulton Street

Ask Us

Ask Us: When will North Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue be resurfaced?

Local

Political Notebook: Rowan’s lawmakers pass 140 bills into the opposite chamber before deadline

Local

Police chief to present use of force policy; city manager to present 2021-22 budget

Crime

Blotter: Rockwell man arrested on charges of felony larceny, possession of stolen vehicle

Coronavirus

CDC director says mask turnaround based solely on science

News

Catawba College hosts three in-person commencement ceremonies

Local

With high case loads causing numerous staff departures, Child Protective Services seeks more positions

Education

Livingstone College graduates celebrate ‘crossing the finish line’ during commencement celebration

Coronavirus

Rowan sees 4 new COVID-19 deaths as mask mandate lifted, vaccines administered continue decline

Local

Spencer is latest town updating its development ordinance

Local

Salisbury native Kristy Woodson Harvey makes NY Times bestseller list

Local

Board of Commissioners will convene for third time in May

Business

Biz Roundup: Salisbury, Kannapolis among recipients of Region of Excellence Awards

Local

Cheerleading team competes at Disney

Education

Salisbury High to celebrate football, swimming champions with parade

High School

High school girls soccer: Isley, Webb lead all-county team

Local

Spencer awarded $10,000 to develop trails at Stanback Forest

Books

‘Tails and Tales’ coming to library this summer

Local

Public Records: March Deeds

Entertainment

Salisbury Symphony’s ‘Return to the Concert Hall’ available May 24-31