Man just out of prison for drug crimes busted again in Cleveland

Man just out of prison for drug crimes busted again in Cleveland

A man who was just released after serving time in prison is now back in jail on drug charges after being charged in Cleveland by the Rowan Sheriff's Office.

On Wednesday, Tavis Labron Houpe, 38, was arrested by the Rowan County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and Patrol Division after investigators received information that Houpe was trafficking in crack cocaine. 

Houpe had previously been convicted on federal drug charges and was released from a half-way house on February 13, 2015, according to prison records.

The Sheriff's Office received information in March 2015, that Houpe had become involved once again in distributing crack cocaine while still on federal supervised release. 

On Wednesday, investigators conducted surveillance of Houpe and conducted a traffic stop of Houpe on Woodleaf-Barber Road in Cleveland, North Carolina. Houpe was found in possession of approximately one gram of crack cocaine. A search was then conducted of Houpe's residence, located at 16565 Dooley Road, also in Cleveland, according to the report.

During this search investigators say they seized approximately 22 grams of crack cocaine, a small quantity of marijuana and $3,136 in United States currency. The money will be turned over to the North Carolina Department of Revenue Unauthorized Substances Division for taxes owed on the contraband. 

Houpe was charged with possess with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle/dwelling to keep/sell controlled substances. Houpe was placed under a $50,000 secured bond.