Multiple law enforcement agencies charge man with drug trafficking, stolen guns and cash

Aaron Dominique Wilks, 35, was charged.
Aaron Dominique Wilks, 35, was charged.(Rowan Sheriff's Office)
Published: May. 25, 2023 at 3:44 PM EDT
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ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - The Rowan Sheriff’s Office has released details on the arrest of a man facing charges for trafficking drugs and stolen guns.

According to the report, on Thursday, May 18, 2023, warrants for arrest were issued for Aaron Dominique Wilks charging him with trafficking in opium/heroin, felony conspiracy, possession with intent to sell/deliver a schedule I controlled substance, and two counts of maintaining a vehicle/dwelling to keep/store a controlled substance.

The charges were the result of an investigation conducted by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Salisbury Police Department, State Bureau of Investigation, and Homeland Security Investigations.

On Tuesday, May 23, 2023, Wilks was located and apprehended at his residence in Charlotte, NC. The arrest was made by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT), the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation Criminal Apprehension Team (CAT), and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Apprehension Team (SOCAT). Wilks was transported to the Rowan County Magistrate’s Office where he was placed under a $250,000 secured bond which he quickly made.

Following Wilkes arrest, personnel from the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant for the Wilks residence. During the crime scene search conducted by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigation Unit and SOCAT, $16,949 in cash, a small amount of marijuana, a loaded handgun magazine, and cellular telephones were seized.

During a court hearing in Rowan County District Court on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, Wilks bond was revoked. He was placed under a $1,000,000 secured bond and is currently being held in the Rowan County Detention Center.

During a related investigation conducted by the Salisbury Police Department on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, a search warrant was executed in a rental unit at Public Storage located at 1730 Jake Alexander Blvd West, Salisbury, NC, and eight firearms were recovered. There were four handguns, three rifles, and one shotgun found in the storage unit. The shotgun was reported stolen from a breaking and entering that took place on May 24, 2022, at the Ammo Shack Hunting and Shooting store in Rockingham, NC. One handgun was also reported as stolen from Rowan County on November 26, 2021.

The joint investigations are continuing.