Police: Man spotted by officer, charged with drug possession

Published 11:20 am Monday, July 29, 2019

By Shavonne Walker


SALISBURY — A Salisbury man was arrested on drug charges Sunday after a police officer saw him sitting on the steps of an abandoned house and recognized him as someone she had issued arrest warrants for.

The Salisbury Police Department charged James Efird Bailey II, 48, of the 400 block of South Clay Street, with misdemeanor possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged on outstanding warrants for misdemeanor larceny in Rowan County, failure to appear in court in Forsyth County and misdemeanor larceny in Huntersville.

Early Sunday morning, the police officer spotted Bailey in the intersection of East Council and North Shaver streets. He was sitting on steps outside a house, and the officer believed he was someone she had been looking, according to a police report.

Bailey initially gave the officer a fake name, the report said. She searched him and found a single box of Suboxone strips, which are used to treat opioid addiction.