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Deputies: Speeder tried to hide crack

Staff Writer

Deputies arrested a Lincolnton man for cocaine possession Wednesday after stopping him for a speeding violation, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies said they stopped the suspect’s vehicle around 10:30 p.m. near Iron Station Elementary School on N.C. 27.
Lloyd Allen Stroupe, 63, of the 3200 block of Range Road, quickly turned off the highway and drove to his house, parked and jumped out of his vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Stroupe fumbled with his pants in his driveway and told deputies he had to stop so he could use the restroom, they said. During the incident, he allegedly threw what was later identified as crack cocaine under an orange construction cone on the ground.
Stroupe faces one felony count of possession of cocaine and a citation for displaying a fictitious license plate and driving left of the center lane, deputies said.  He has since been released on a $7,500 secured bond.
His criminal record in Lincoln County dates back to the 1980s, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction website. Stroupe has at least three felony convictions for drug-related charges in 1988 and 1992. His additional misdemeanor charges include assault and battery and wanton injury to personal property, NC DOC showed.

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