Two men are facing felony drug charges following a traffic stop in Lincolnton early Sunday morning.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies were on patrol on Highway 150 at around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday when they saw a vehicle traveling east on the highway that had a burned-out taillight and failed to signal for a turn. 

Deputies conducted a traffic stop and smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office. The driver, Brian David Arnold, 28, of Kings Mountain, told deputies that there was marijuana inside the vehicle. A search of the car turned up marijuana, methamphetamine, a hypodermic needle and a pistol. John Wayne Goins, 47, of Cat Square Road in Vale, was a passenger in the vehicle and was placed under arrest. 

Arnold, who initially gave officers a fake name, according to deputies, said he had swallowed methamphetamine and was feeling sick. Lincoln County EMS was called to the scene and was transporting Arnold to Gaston Memorial Hospital when he jumped from the ambulance near Dallas and fled on food. Gaston County officers searched for Arnold but could not find him.

Goins was charged with one felony count each of possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine, conspiracy to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was also charged with fictitious registration, driving while license revoked and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Goins was placed under a $40,000 secured bond.

Arnold was charged with one felony count each of possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine, conspiracy to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance and identity theft. He is also charged with one misdemeanor count each of simple possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. 

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