Deputies confiscated at least five small bags of cocaine from a Catawba County man’s vehicle Sunday during a traffic stop on U.S. 321, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
After noticing Jeffery Dean Tucker, 46, drifting into oncoming traffic while traveling northbound on the roadway, Deputy Matt Hovis signaled for the man to stop his pickup truck so he could check the driver for possible intoxication or other substances, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Following the stop, Hovis immediately noticed the man’s expired license plate and smelled alcohol on his breath. Tucker also failed a field sobriety test, deputies reported.
A backup officer responded to the scene to assist Hovis in a vehicle search, during which time deputies located an open container of alcohol, a plastic bag with a white powdery substance that had been stuffed into a black, film container inside the truck along with five small bags of the same substance, officers said.
Deputies arrested Tucker, a resident of 3929 Goodson Road in Maiden, and charged him with one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule controlled substance, possession of cocaine and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance along with one misdemeanor count each of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while impaired and driving with a revoked license.
Tucker has a lengthy history of felony offenses dating back to 1986, the North Carolina Department of Correction website showed.
Felonies took place in Lincoln and Catawba counties for common law robbery, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, breaking and entering and speeding to elude arrest, a crime for which he served a three-month prison sentence, according to NC DOC. Misdemeanor offenses included resisting an officer, two separate counts of DWI, one of which occurred in Iredell County, and unauthorized use of motor conveyance.
Tucker remains in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $26,000 secured bond with a next appearance scheduled for Sept. 26.