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Deputies: Brake light stop ends with pound-plus meth bust


A Newton man was arrested with over a pound of meth after being stopped for a burned out brake light, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

Eloy Hernandez, 26, was pulled over by deputies Wednesday just before 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the Lincolnton Plaza Shopping Center on North Aspen Street for a burned out brake light.

Deputies said Hernandez produced a valid registration card for the vehicle but did not have a valid driver's license. They then asked for consent to search the vehicle and Hernandez complied. 

While searching the vehicle, deputies found a gray plastic bag, which was later found to be just over a pound of methamphetamine.

As he was being led to a patrol car, Hernandez pulled away from the officer and tried to run from the scene. Several narcotics officers who had arrived on the scene apprehended him, officials said.

Hernandez was taken into custody, and EMS was dispatched to treat a small cut on his face. He then requested to be transported to CMC-Lincoln where he was taken for treatment.

In addition to a warning for the brake light and a citation for no operator's license, Hernandez was charged with one felony count each of trafficking by possession, trafficking by transportation and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.

He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of carrying a concealed weapon and resist, delay and obstruct a public officer. He was jailed under a $300,000 secured bond.

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