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Four arrested on felony drug charges

Pictured are (from left) Cline, Oxendine, Pope and Sronce.

Staff report

A call about a suspicious person led to four drug arrests on Friday.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said they went to Reeps Grove Church Road in Vale to investigate a call about a person in the area who appeared to be impaired and was carrying several camouflage bags that were left lying on the ground.

Deputies couldn’t find that person and went to several homes on Peeler Road to investigate. When deputies arrived at 1938 Peeler Road, they said they saw, through an open door, several people sitting in a living room at the home, including a woman who was smoking a glass pipe.

The owner gave deputies consent to search the home, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies seized various types of drugs, including cocaine and methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia, including used and unused hypodermic needles, glass pipes and digital scales.

Jonathan Lawrence Cline, 33, of 1938 Peeler Road in Vale, was charged with one felony count each of trafficking cocaine, possession of a schedule I controlled substance, trafficking methamphetamine, maintaining a residence for a controlled substance and fraud by identity theft and one misdemeanor count each of failure to appear, possession of drug paraphernalia and non-support of children. He was issued a $127,700 secured bond.

Holly Lynn Pope, 30, of Shepherd Court in Taylorsville, was charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was issued a $10,000 secured bond.

Shasta Marie Oxendine, 33, of Atlantic Lane in Lincolnton, was charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and non-support of children. She was issued a $5,750 secured bond.

Jennifer Marie Sronce, 39, of Reeps Grove Church Road in Vale, was charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Warrants have not been served against Sronce.

Pope has prior Alexander County convictions for misdemeanor driving while impaired in 2009 and possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked in 2010. She served a short jail sentence in 2010, according to North Carolina Department of Public Safety records.

Oxendine has Lincoln County convictions for driving while license revoked in 2007, 2010 and 2014 and resisting an officer in 2014.

Sronce has prior Lincoln County convictions for possession with intent to sell a schedule I controlled substance and selling a schedule I controlled substance in 2008.

Image courtesy of LCSO

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