• 70°

Two charged with heroin possession after high-speed pursuit on I-85

By Shavonne Potts

shavonne.potts@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Rowan Sheriff’s investigators charged men from South Carolina and Archdale with felony heroin charges after an interstate traffic stop.

Butler

The alleged driver, identified as Terrance “Bronc” Andre Butler, 42, of Greenville, South Carolina, was charged with trafficking heroin by possession and transportation, felony maintaining a vehicle, felony fleeing to elude and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Phillips

The alleged passenger, Brandon Lee Phillips, 26, was charged with trafficking heroin by possession and transportation, felony maintaining a vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Tuesday, Sheriff’s Office investigators conducted a criminal interdiction stop on southbound Interstate 85 and attempted to stop a 2004 black Cadillac Escalade for a routine traffic violation, according to a news release.

The stop was attempted just north of the Peeler Road interchange, the Sheriff’s Office said. The Cadillac pulled over as if it was going to stop and then took off traveling over 110 miles per hour. During the 2-mile pursuit, a box containing digital scales and plastic bags containing heroin were thrown from the vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The Cadillac came to a stop south of Peeler Road and the two occupants were apprehended. During a search of southbound Interstate 85, deputies located approximately 100 grams of heroin, valued at $7,000. The packages had been torn open, and some of the heroin was not recovered.

Butler was on federal supervised release from a Sept. 17, 2007, conviction in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. Butler had received 160 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack), possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. This sentence was followed by a term of five years of supervised release.

Phillips has an extensive criminal history that includes charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, assault on a female, misdemeanor larceny (multiple), shoplifting and felony larceny on an anti-theft device. Phillips also has an outstanding probation violation.

Butler and Phillips were each issued a $100,000 secured bond.

Comments

Crime

Spencer man charged with death by distribution after overdose death

Local

Salisbury Police Department receives grant to hire homeless advocate

Education

Livingstone paints mural to remind students to vote

News

Commissioners OK second phase of COVID-19 protection plan

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man charged with drug possession after undercover drug deal

Coronavirus

County reports COVID-19 death from Trinity Oaks Health and Rehab

Education

School district transfers Woodleaf Elementary to county, talks Faith property

Crime

Rowan man sentenced to nearly eight years after federal drug conviction

Business

Eastern Fence selects Rowan County for new facility, will create 142 jobs, invest $17.5 million

Business

Planning board talks through new rules for solar farms

Crime

Concord man charged in other shootings pleads guilty to 2014 killing

Local

Faith family honors grandmother during Rowan-Cabarrus Alzheimer’s fundraiser

Local

Volunteers needed for Rowan County Christmas Bureau phone bank

Local

United Way’s suicide awareness walk will bring participants “Into the Light”

Local

Rowan County moving forward with Woodleaf community park

Nation/World

Barrett confirmed as Supreme Court justice in partisan vote

BREAKING NEWS

Faith, Enochville elementary schools will close at end of school year

Crime

Police: Mini excavator towed by Rockwell man killed Concord motorcyclist

Coronavirus

13% of county’s COVID-19 cases currently positive

Crime

Blotter: 911 call, foot chase produce charges for man found behind dumpster

Crime

Mother, son killed in weekend homicide

Ask Us

Ask Us: What are plans if hospitals reach COVID-19 capacity?

Elections

County tops 38,000 ballots cast during early, absentee voting

Elections

Political Notebook: Rowan Board of Elections receives more than 60,000 pens for voters