58-year-old Dennis James McElrath of 11th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (May 25) on one felony count each of possession of cocaine and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. At the same, 23-year-old Ty’Shon Lamonte Chisholm of Cranford Drive in Conover was arrested on outstanding misdemeanor warrants for possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
Events leading to their arrests began at about 1 a.m. today when Officers on foot patrol at the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. smelled the odor of marijuana coming from a room. Police obtained and executed a search warrant at about 3 a.m. McElrath, Chisholm and a female subject were in the room.
Officers entered the room, where they heard a toilet flushing. Police then retrieved a baggie containing 1.9 grams of cocaine from the toilet. A search of the room turned up a tray with a straw and 0.1 grams of cocaine, as well as a marijuana grinder.
McElrath was charged for the drugs and Chisholm was arrested on the outstanding warrants, which were issued on April 6 and April 13. The female was not charged.
The two men were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for McElrath set at $2,500, secured, while Chisholm was given a $3,200 secured bond. McElrath was scheduled to appear in court tomorrow. Chisholm has a court date the following day.