23-year-old Donald Scott Young of Connelly Springs was convicted last week in Catawba Co. Criminal Superior Court on one felony count each of trafficking in opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell & deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, possession of a gun on educational property and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Young was sentenced to no less than 70 months and no more than 93 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction. He was also ordered to pay a $50,000 fine.
The crimes occurred in August 2012 in Hickory. He was arrested when an off-duty Catawba County Sheriff’s Deputy noticed a vehicle in the parking lot at CVCC and saw weapons in the vehicle. Hickory Police responded to the scene where an investigation determined that the vehicle was stolen. Young had the keys to the stolen vehicle and illegal controlled substances in his possession.
Officer Kyle Stephens with the Hickory Police Department handled the investigation, with assistance from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Kyle Smith prosecuted the case and the Honorable Jeffrey P. Hunt presided over the convictions.
Young has been transported to the Division of Adult Correction in Raleigh for processing.