Police Beat: drugs and guns taken by police in separate cases


SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Two guns that were not in the hands of legal owners were taken in separate cases in the last few days in Salisbury.

On Thursday morning at 3:00 am, police made a vehicle stop at the intersection of Jake Alexander Boulevard and Woodleaf Road.

An officer looking in the car while talking to the driver noticed what appeared to be a pipe used for smoking crack in a pocket on the driver's side door.  A search of the driver yielded another pipe, two metal vials, and one rock of what appeared to be crack cocaine.

Officers also found a Crown Royal bag containing a Brillo pad, a spoon, and two grams of marijuana.

A Colt .38 Special handgun was found in a black bag on the backseat of the car, according to the report.

The driver, Larry Keith Jones, 52, is a convicted felon.  He now faces new charges for possessing and concealing gun, as well as drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jones is being held under $20,000 bond.

A passenger in the car, Trent Andrew Smith, 35, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

In another case, a .22 derringer was taken from a man who was waiting in his car at 944 W. Innes. Police had been called to that location on a report of a suspicious person.

Eugene Cheek was questioned by police.  He told officers that he was waiting on a friend to pick him up to go fishing.

When officers searched Cheek they found several bullets in his pocket.  While searching the car police found two hydrocodone pills, two green pipes typically used for smoking marijuana, and a clear plastic straw coated with white residue.

The small gun was also found in the car.