"Menace" busted for drugs, again; bond now $2.5 million

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - When he was arrested on drug charges a few years back, a Rowan County Sheriff's Deputy referred to Brandon Rumple as a "menace," and as the "drug kingpin of Enochville."

Since then there have been several drug arrests for Rumple, 19, including the most recent arrest on Wednesday night.

Deputies say a tip led them to search a home in south Rowan and that they found Rumple flushing drugs down the toilet.

Rumple was charged with drug possession,  possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting police, and destroying criminal evidence.

Bond is now set at $2.5 million.

In this case a woman said to be Rumple's girlfriend was also charged.  Tasha Nicole Simpson, 26, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, drug possession, fleeing to elude police, and heroin trafficking.

Bond for Simpson is $250,000. 

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Unit (ACE) received information that Rumple, who was out on more than $1,000,000 in bonds, was making frequent trips to an area of Charlotte, known as a distribution point for heroin. 

Upon Rumple’s return on Wednesday, deputies set up surveillance around 3250 Patterson Road. 
A short time later deputies noticed a green Honda leave from the residence.  It was subsequently determined that Simpson was the driver and Rumple was the passenger. 
When arriving in the Enochville area, it appeared that the occupants of the Honda realized they were under surveillance and violated multiple traffic laws. 
When attempting to stop the Honda, Rumple was observed dumping a powder substance out of the passenger window, as well as a plastic bag. 
The Honda made its way to 504 Carter Street, where Rumple exited the vehicle and threw a bag to his father, Christopher Todd Rumple, who came out of the residence, while the deputy was attempting to apprehend the occupants of the Honda. 
Immediately, Todd Rumple ran inside the house and shut the door.  Todd Rumple later admitted to deputies that he had flushed the bag down the toilet.

Deputies were able to recover some of the powder from Brandon Rumple’s face, clothing and the passenger side of the vehicle. 
Additionally, deputies located a torn plastic bag on Earl Street that still contained approximately two grams of a tan powder, which tested positive for MDMA, a Schedule I controlled substance.  Approximately $1,200 was found in the vehicle. 
In a search, incident to arrest of Simpson, deputies located approximately 12 grams of black tar heroin, located in the crotch area. 
At the time, Simpson is over eight months pregnant.

In the past, Brandon Lee Rumple, 19, was charged with possession of over 200 grams of heroin seized during the search of an apartment in Charlotte in April 2012. He was slated to appear in a Cabarrus County Court during first week of March, but failed to appear.

Investigators found Rumple at 3250 Patterson Road in China Grove on Saturday morning after receiving information from the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office.

The Rowan County Sheriff's Office said after knocking several times, the suspect's mother opened the door and allowed deputies to enter.

Deputies said Rumple was taken into custody and transported to the Rowan Co. Magistrate's Office.

Rumple is no stranger to the law, with multiple other cases pending in Rowan County. 

October 2013, Rumple was found with a balloon of drugs hidden in his rectum during a strip search at the Rowan County Detention Center. Rumple had his probation revoked after the incident.

Rumple was charged with possess with intent to distribute Soboxone and possession of controlled substances in a local confinement facility, both felonies.

Back in June 2013, Rumple was involved in a dispute at his residence, in which he allegedly fired a .380 handgun at two individuals.  The handgun and shell casings were recovered at the scene.

Rumple was charged with felon in possession of a firearm.  The Rowan County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team forced entry into Rumple's residence on July 2, 2013, and arrested him on that charge.

Rumple was also charged in an incident on October 1, 2012, when he was arrested at the Rowan Recycling Center at 1455 Julian Road in Salisbury, North Carolina, while working community service.

In that incident, Rumple attempted to discard 6.7 grams of heroin in a Porta-Jon at the facility after deputies received a report of a drug sale involving someone matching Rumple's description at the location.  An additional 3.7 grams of Methadone and $415 in United States currency were found in Rumple's possession.  Rumple was charged with trafficking heroin.

Rumple was convicted on January 20, 2012, in Cabarrus County Superior Court of delivery of a Schedule I controlled substance.

Rumple's disdain for the criminal justice system was pointed out in his most recent Facebook post.  On April 6 it appears Rumple posted "Rowan and Cabarrus County court system is crooked as it gets, I hate court."