Bringing drugs into jail nets felony charges for man

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 10, 2022

SALISBURY – A 33-year-old man originally arrested on an outstanding warrant after a traffic stop ended up with felony drug charges, say deputies.

Rowan County Sheriffs said a deputy ran the license of Eric James Howard during a traffic stop, found an outstanding warrant for him for previous charges, took him to the magistrate’s office and then to the detention center where it was discovered Howard had hidden a sock containing drugs in his genital area.

He was subsequently additionally charged with felony possession of controlled substances on a penal institution premise, including felony possession of schedule 1 drugs and misdemeanor possession of schedule 4 drugs, and his bond was increased from $1,000 to $14,500.