ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - The highly trained nose of a Rowan Sheriff’s K-9 helped deputies make two arrests and seize a significant amount of drugs recently.
According to the report, on Monday, January 14, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division conducted a traffic stop of a blue BMW in the 400 block of Trexler Road in Salisbury.
Deputies had first encountered the car on Stokes Ferry Road and watched it “cross the double yellow line, make suspicious movements and an illegal turn, before it was stopped.”
The BMW was driven by Katelyn Michelle Marks, age 23, with Daniel Lee Walker, age 36, as a passenger. Marks and Walker are both Rowan County residents.
Deputies say Marks did not have her driver’s license and said that the residence she pulled into was her “family” house and that she had gone there to get a few things. When questioned further about who lived at the residence, Marks indicated that she did not know.
Marks eventually admitted that she was lying and was nervous, according to the report.
“Believing that criminal activity was afoot," a Rowan County Sheriff’s Office drug sniffing canine came to the location and provided a positive alert on the BMW for the presence of a controlled substance.
A probable cause search was then conducted of the BMW, which was registered to a third party.
Deputies found a blue bag in the back passenger floorboard. In the bag they found drug paraphernalia, scales, and 466 grams of methamphetamine.
Deputies say they found a red box in the rear floorboard and that the box contained drug paraphernalia, scales, 7.5 dosage units of Clonazepam, and multiple bags of methamphetamine, totaling 18 grams. Deputies located a .45 handgun under the front passenger seat, where Walker had been seated.
A total of 484 grams of methamphetamine was seized, worth over $48,000.
Walker and Marks were each charged with Level III trafficking methamphetamine by possession and transportation, possess with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Walker was additionally charged with carrying a concealed weapon. Both were placed under a $100,000 secured bond. Walker has since posted bond and Marks remains in the Rowan County Detention Center.
Under North Carolina law, Level III methamphetamine trafficking carries a sentence of 225-279 months in prison, and a $250,000 fine.
Walker received a deferred prosecution in 2018 for a methamphetamine charge and is presently on supervised probation. He also had a 2018 conviction for misdemeanor possession of stolen property.
Marks received a deferred prosecution in 2015 for possession of a Schedule I controlled substance. She has a pending possession of methamphetamine charge in Cleveland County, NC, and a pending possession of stolen property charge in Rowan County.