30-year-old Diamond Sharell Lipscomb and 37-year-old Falando Mckinely Francis were both arrested Monday (November 16) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. They're each charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance.
According to a news release issued this morning (Tuesday, November 17) by the Morganton Department of Public Safety, at approximately 11:00 Monday night, a revoked driver, Diamond Lipscomb, was spotted operating a Porsche Cheyenne SUV at the intersection of White Street and East Meeting Street in Morganton. A traffic stop was conducted in the Morganton City Hall Parking Lot. A passenger, Falando Francis, was detained as well.
Another officer along with a K-9 officer were called to the traffic stop due to the suspicion of narcotics being present. More than nine grams of crystal methamphetamine was found and more than $1,500 in cash was scattered about the vehicle.
The Burke County Narcotics Task Force was contacted and was given the controlled substances for evidence. Additional narcotics, a bag of crystal methamphetamine, was found in a parking space on White Street. It is believed this was thrown from the vehicle by Lipscomb. Additional charges are pending.
Lipscomb and Francis were arrested and taken to the magistrates office. Lipscomb has previously been convicted of drug offenses and kidnapping and has pending felony charges of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, and Possession with intent to Manufacture, Sell/Deliver Schedule VI Controlled Substance. Francis also has two pending felonies in Burke County. Both men were placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond apiece. They were scheduled to make first court appearances today (Tuesday, November 17).