Sheriff’s Office: Traffic stop produces felony drug, gun charges for 21-year-old man

Published 3:44 pm Thursday, December 16, 2021

SALISBURY — Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday arrested a 21-year-old man on felony drug and gun charges after finding about sixth-tenths of a pound of marijuana in his vehicle, a news release said.

Asher Winston Dula was charged with felony possession of a schedule six controlled substance with intent to sell and deliver, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and possession of a concealed handgun.

A news release said Dula was stopped Wednesday for a motor vehicle violation. He attempted to distance himself from the vehicle during the stop. The vehicle had a strong odor of marijuana coming from the interior and a K-9 officer made a positive alert for the presence of drugs, a news release said.

While searching the vehicle, Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputies allegedly found 260 grams of marijuana (0.57 pounds) as well as drug paraphernalia that include digital scales, vape cartridges and a smoke tray, the Rowan Sheriff’s Office said.

Also found in the vehicle was a concealed Polymer 80, self-manufactured, 9mm semi-automatic pistol. 

Dula received a $2,000 bond. He posted bail and was released from the Rowan County Detention Center.