• 77°

Man found with drugs in country illegally


Erick Gabriel Cuevas-Pastrana

SALISBURY — A man living in Rowan County who is in the country illegally faces years in prison after a roadside encounter with Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

About 11:30 p.m. June 18, deputies were called to Woodleaf Road in Woodleaf to investigate a report of a suspicious person on the side of the road.  

Deputies found Erick Gabriel Cuevas-Pastrana, 30, sitting in a grassy area near Wetmore Road. Cuevas-Pastrana said he was walking home after having a conflict with his girlfriend and had walked for seven hours.

Deputies offered Cuevas-Pastrana a ride and he agreed. They told Cuevas-Pastrana that before being allowed in the patrol vehicle, deputies would have to pat him down and search a black bag slung over his shoulder.

Cuevas-Pastrana asked why deputies needed to search the bag because, he said, there was nothing in it. Deputies told him that if he did not want them to check his belongings, he could continue walking.  

Deputies discovered that there was an active child-support warrant out for Cuevas-Pastrana. He was arrested. Deputies found a loaded 9 mm handgun, 102 grams of methamphetamine, scales, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his black bag. A small amount of meth was found in his jacket. The value of the methamphetamine was about $5,000, according to authorities.

Cuevas-Pastrana was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying a concealed weapon. His bond was set at $25,000.

In a follow-up investigation, the Rowan County Detention Center staff screened Cuevas-Pastrana and determined he is a Mexican citizen and in the country illegally.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement were notified and an immigration detainer placed on Cuevas-Pastrana. Investigators contacted the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Greensboro about possible federal prosecution.

Because of Cuevas-Pastrana’s immigration status, he is prohibited from possessing firearms here.



Rowan-Salisbury Schools receives $26.3 million grant to accelerate renewal


Child injured after running behind father’s truck


Police identify man who took them on high-speed chase, crashed into lumber truck

China Grove

Reaper’s Realm owners promise beefed-up security after weekend shooting


Contractor expands local footprint, takes on county’s coronavirus projects


Home Improvement: Holiday gifts to spark home improvement ideas


Political Notebook: Local parties will host watch parties for presidential debate


China Grove man cited for driving through school field


October closure hearings set for Faith, Enochville elementary schools


Police say man gave false name after high speed chase, crashing into lumber truck


Nearly 400 cases considered currently active in the county


Rowan-Cabarrus Community College creates free course to help parents tackle virtual learning


New unemployment claims down in August, could indicate positive trend for businesses


Salisbury man faces drug possession charges after overdose call


Police: Man charged after children call 911 from neighbor’s house

Ask Us

Ask Us: Who are people behind sign at City Park playground?


Prison in Salisbury latest site of COVID-19 outbreak


Blotter: Salisbury Man charged with felony assault by strangulation


Trump vows quick Supreme Court vote, Biden urges delay for Nov. 3


New rule may strip pollution protections from popular lakes

East Spencer

East Spencer draws crowd for annual community day


In Rowan’s legislative races, Howard, Warren get off to strongest start in fundraising


From Navy SEAL to Medicare agent, Trent Waller looks to continue serving his community


In 13th Congressional District race, Budd, Huffman differ on government’s role in COVID-19 help