Rowan men charged with marijuana trafficking after drugs found in car hauler

Published 4:35 pm Friday, October 18, 2019

Rowan County Sheriff’s officials say two local men were charged with marijuana trafficking after the drug was found in a commercial car hauler, a residence and an outbuilding, valued at over $200,000.

The Special Investigations Unit received information about possible suspicious activity on Monday regarding a California-plated commercial car hauler at a truck stop on Peeler Road in Salisbury.

Investigators saw the hauler move to another location off Peeler Road where two individuals began offloading boxes from a vehicle on the hauler. The boxes were placed into a gold Nissan Versa and taken to 475 Roseman Road in Salisbury. The boxes were then moved from the Nissan into an outbuilding and the two occupants of the Nissan left.

Investigators then stopped the Nissan; the occupants were identified as Jose Manuel Escobar-Mendez, 40, and Antonio Segundo-Rosales, 42. Escobar-Mendez, a resident of 475 Roseman Road, was charged with trafficking marijuana and conspiracy to traffick marijuana. Segundo-Rosales, a resident of Bertie Avenue in Salisbury, was charged with trafficking marijuana and conspiracy to traffick in marijuana.

The Rowan Sheriff’s office obtained a search warrant for the residence on Roseman Road and seized around 64 pounds of marijuana from the outbuilding and an additional five pounds of marijuana from the residence.

A search was conducted of the car hauler and its vehicles and deputies found an additional 33 pounds of marijuana and $29,295 cash inside. Authorities said at this time no charges have been brought against the driver.

The total amount of marijuana seized was 102 pounds, which was valued at $204,000.

Both were placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bonds and have since been released from custody.