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Spencer men on probation charged with meth, heroin trafficking

SALISBURY — Two Spencer men on state and federal probation have been charged with trafficking in heroin and methamphetamine, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

On Thursday, officers with the Sheriff’s Office and the Spencer Police Department arrested Jorod Qutez Young, 30, and Bernard Franklin Wilkes Jr., 30, on multiple state drug charges.

Young was charged with six counts of Level I trafficking in heroin; two counts of Level II trafficking in heroin; three counts of selling heroin; three counts of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for trafficking in controlled substances; one count of possession with the intent to manufacture or sell heroin; and one count of conspiracy to traffic in heroin.

Bernard Franklin Wilkes Jr.

Wilkes was charged with six counts of trafficking in methamphetamines; six counts of possession with intent to manufacture or sell heroin; four counts of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for trafficking in controlled substances; two counts of selling methamphetamines; and one count of selling heroin.

Jorod Qutez Young

The arrests followed numerous complaints received by both agencies about drug distribution by both men in Spencer.

Young was released from federal prison on May 17 and was on supervised release. Wilkes was on 24 months of state probation.

The Sheriff’s Office’s Special Investigations Unit and Crime Reduction Unit had received assistance in the investigation for three months from the Spencer Police Department, Salisbury Police Department, Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office and Mocksville Police Department. The investigation included surveillance and undercover operations, according to a news release.

Wilkes was arrested when his vehicle was stopped at Jefferson Street and North Whitehead Avenue in Spencer. Wilkes had $1,332 in cash with him at the time, according to investigators.

Young was arrested when his vehicle was stopped at Midway and North Main streets in Salisbury. Young had about 25 grams of a substance suspected to be heroin and $559 in cash, according to investigators.

Young remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $1.15 million secured bond. Wilkes remains in the jail under a $1.35 million secured bond.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Young was convicted in 2013 in the Middle District of North Carolina on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon. He also has previous convictions on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Young also has been convicted of multiple misdemeanor charges.

Wilkes has previous felony convictions on charges of larceny, attempted larceny, possession of a controlled substance and three counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a counterfeit controlled substance. Wilkes also has been convicted of multiple misdemeanor charges.

Both men had initial court appearances Friday.

The investigation is being reviewed for possible federal prosecution. Additional arrests are pending, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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