Deputies located $40,000 worth of methamphetamine inside a Catawba County man’s vehicle Wednesday morning during a traffic stop in the parking lot of an area shopping center, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.
Eloy Hernandez Hernandez, 26, of 650 East First Street, Apt. 7, in Newton, was arrested just after 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the Lincolnton Plaza Shopping Center on N. Aspen Street for allegedly possessing a little more than a pound (492 grams) of the illegal substance, according to an agency press release.
Deputies stopped the man’s pickup truck after they said they spotted a burned-out brake light. They later located the methamphetamine wrapped in cellophane inside a plastic bag near the passenger seat area, the release said.
Hernandez, who had a registration card but not a valid driver’s license at the time of the incident, claimed he didn’t know what was inside the bag and tried to run from deputies while they were escorting him to a patrol vehicle, according to deputies.
However, he couldn’t flee narcotics officers, who also responded to the scene and assisted fellow officers in securing the suspect fell against a nearby truck and cut his face during his escape attempt, they said.
The suspect was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln, at his request, to be treated for the slight abrasion, the release said.
He later returned to the Lincoln County jail, where he currently remains under a $300,000 secured bond.
Hernandez faces more than one traffic citation along with one felony count each of trafficking by possession, trafficking by transportation and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. Additional misdemeanor offenses filed against him include one count each of carrying a concealed weapon and resisting, delaying and obstructing a public officer.