32-year-old Ricky Eugene Lewis of East 26th Street in Newton, 20-year-old Haley Dawn Young, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, and 36-year-old Michael Scott Looper of Martin Lane in Hiddenite were all arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on drug charges after a traffic stop for a burned out license plate light.
All three were charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance, conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lewis was also charged with possession with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, ID theft with trafficking in stolen identities, failure to appear, driving while license revoked and a license tag light violation. Lewis and Looper each face additional charges for maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and carrying a concealed weapon.
Their arrests came about as Sgt. Steve Grinnell was traveling east on Highway 27 West at about 7 a.m. Sunday (March 30) when he noticed a suspicious vehicle parked near the Davis Road intersection. Sgt. Grinnell pulled off the roadway and when the vehicle passed by, he noticed the people in the car acting suspiciously and the license plate light burned out.
The Officer stopped the vehicle near the South Fork River Bridge and began checking identification on four people in the vehicle. The driver gave the officer an ID card with a fictitious name, but it had the man’s photograph on it. The man was later identified as Ricky Lewis, who was wanted for a probation violation.
When the suspect was removed from the car, Deputies found a handgun between the seat and console that turned out to be a BB gun and a large knife on the back seat floorboard. Also found in the vehicle were a number of hypodermic needles, scales, drug paraphernalia and plastic baggies of methamphetamine valued at $400. One hypodermic needle was filled and ready to use. The Officers also seized several North Carolina identification cards from the vehicle.
Lewis, Young and Looper were taken to the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center with bond for Lewis set at $60,000, secured. Young and Looper were each given a $15,000 secured bond. All three will next appear in a Lincoln County courtroom on April 14.