2012-03-22 / Front Page

Panic over sirens leads to drug bust as Lincolnton men toss pot from car

By KIP BURKE
news editor


Two suspected Lincolnton pot dealers crashed this car on Ashley Drive after allegedly tossing their goods out of the car in front of a Wilkes deputy Monday. Two suspected Lincolnton pot dealers crashed this car on Ashley Drive after allegedly tossing their goods out of the car in front of a Wilkes deputy Monday. They don’t call it dope for nothing.

The lights and sirens of emergency vehicles responding to a wreck on East Robert Toombs may have panicked two Lincolnton men into tossing out a pound of marijuana Monday – right in front of a Wilkes County deputy.

Sheriff Mark Moore said that on Monday afternoon about 2:30, a wreck with injuries in the McDonald’s parking lot brought police, rescue, and Wilkes EMS racing toward East Robert Toombs with lights and sirens.

On Andrew Drive, a uniformed deputy driving his personal car observed two men driving in a silver Mercury Grand Marquis, and saw the passenger inexplicably throw a backpack out of his window. “The deputy stopped and checked out the backpack, and found it contained a pretty good amount of suspected marijuana,” Moore said. “He called another deputy who spotted the vehicle turning onto Ashley Avenue.”


NORMAN NORMAN When the deputies drove down Ashley Avenue to look for the men, they found the Mercury crashed hard into two power poles and the occupants gone.

“The occupants had fled into a field behind Washington Ford, and citizens were calling 911 to report where the subjects were hiding,” the sheriff said. “Washington police officers and my deputies found them in the woods behind the former Jones Brake and Muffler near Pine Street and took them into custody.” They were transported to Wills Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash, he said.

The marijuana they threw out weighed in at just over 16 ounces, Moore said, and scales and packaging were found during a search of the car.


WILLIS WILLIS Arrested were Dechane K. Willis, 22, and Deonte Norman, 24, both of Lincolnton. They were charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and with simple possession of marijuana. They are being held pending their first appearance before a judge.

“With that much marijuana, it was a pretty good arrest,” the sheriff said. “They just panicked. They really thought all those sirens were just for them.”

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