NEWTON, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — Three people from Hickory face criminal charges after an early-morning traffic stop Tuesday, the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies said they stopped two men and one woman around 4 a.m. on Houston Mill Road after observing ‘suspicious and erratic’ behavior.
During that stop, a Sheriff’s Office K-9 alerted to narcotics inside the vehicle. Deputies located and seized 39 grams of fentanyl and a small amount of a substance believed to be crack cocaine. The search also uncovered a concealed firearm.
Driver Xavier Winston, 32, is facing charges of carrying a concealed firearm, resisting a public officer, and driving while license revoked. Deputies also served the man with outstanding warrants for arrest for child support, failure to appear on a charge of driving while license revoked, and failure to appear on a charge of failure to wear a seatbelt.
Winston received a $15,000 secured bond.
Car owner Demetric Michaux faces charges of trafficking in fentanyl and maintaining a vehicle for manufacturing, selling, or delivering controlled substances. The 32-year-old man received a $20,000 secured bond.
Authorities charged Tashauna Ikard with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The 25-year-old received a $2,000 secured bond.
The trio appeared in Catawba County District Court on Tuesday.