23-year-old Cedric James Brown and 24-year-old Chad Michael Sampson, both of Ridge Court in Morganton, were arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of trafficking cocaine by possession and transport, possession with intent to sell & deliver marijuana, and possession of marijuana. In addition, the two suspects are charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule III controlled substance (Xanax), and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Last Tuesday, November 26, deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Interstate Criminal Enforcement or ICE Team conducted a traffic stop on a BMW on Interstate 40 Westbound, near Mile Marker 154. While speaking with the driver and passenger, deputies noticed a very strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted.
The search reportedly resulted in the discovery of 28.5 grams of powder cocaine hidden in the glove box, 72.5 grams of marijuana packaged in different bags consistent with packaging used in the sale of marijuana, and six Xanax pills. A search of the suspects resulted in the discovery of marijuana wax stuffed down the passenger’s pants.
Brown and Sampson were brought to the Iredell County Detention Center. Brown's bond was set at $300,000 secured, Sampson's bond was set at $304,000 secured. They are both scheduled to appear in District Court December 18.