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A routine traffic stop in Granite Falls led to a man being arrested on several drug charges, according to the Granite Falls Police Department.
On Monday, January 28, just after 8:30 p.m., officers stopped a green, 2001 Chevrolet Silverado truck on Duke Street in Granite Falls for trespassing and damage to property in the Broadwater Landing Development off Duke Street, and not being able to read the registration plate, officers said.
Kevin Michael Hartley, 29, of Lenoir, was driving the vehicle.
During the course of the stop, the officers said a combination of their suspicions and Hartley's nervousness lead to a search of the vehicle. The officers discovered approximately 42 grams of methamphetamine, 3 grams of marijuana, $1,716 in cash, and various pieces of drug paraphernalia, the report states.
Also, during the course of the investigation, officers discovered Hartley was operating his vehicle on a revoked driver's license, and had outstanding orders for arrests for failing to appear on previous charges of no seatbelt and driving while license revoked.
Hartley was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, felony maintaining a vehicle to keep a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked, and failure to appear.
He was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center and placed under secured bonds totaling $51,000. He is scheduled to appear in Lenoir District Court on January 29.