Ad Spot

August 5, 2021

Spencer men on probation charged with meth, heroin trafficking

SALISBURY — Two Spencer men on state and federal probation have been charged with trafficking in heroin and methamphetamine, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

On Thursday, officers with the Sheriff’s Office and the Spencer Police Department arrested Jorod Qutez Young, 30, and Bernard Franklin Wilkes Jr., 30, on multiple state drug charges.

Young was charged with six counts of Level I trafficking in heroin; two counts of Level II trafficking in heroin; three counts of selling heroin; three counts of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for trafficking in controlled substances; one count of possession with the intent to manufacture or sell heroin; and one count of conspiracy to traffic in heroin.

Bernard Franklin Wilkes Jr.

Wilkes was charged with six counts of trafficking in methamphetamines; six counts of possession with intent to manufacture or sell heroin; four counts of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for trafficking in controlled substances; two counts of selling methamphetamines; and one count of selling heroin.

Jorod Qutez Young

The arrests followed numerous complaints received by both agencies about drug distribution by both men in Spencer.

Young was released from federal prison on May 17 and was on supervised release. Wilkes was on 24 months of state probation.

The Sheriff’s Office’s Special Investigations Unit and Crime Reduction Unit had received assistance in the investigation for three months from the Spencer Police Department, Salisbury Police Department, Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office and Mocksville Police Department. The investigation included surveillance and undercover operations, according to a news release.

Wilkes was arrested when his vehicle was stopped at Jefferson Street and North Whitehead Avenue in Spencer. Wilkes had $1,332 in cash with him at the time, according to investigators.

Young was arrested when his vehicle was stopped at Midway and North Main streets in Salisbury. Young had about 25 grams of a substance suspected to be heroin and $559 in cash, according to investigators.

Young remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $1.15 million secured bond. Wilkes remains in the jail under a $1.35 million secured bond.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Young was convicted in 2013 in the Middle District of North Carolina on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon. He also has previous convictions on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Young also has been convicted of multiple misdemeanor charges.

Wilkes has previous felony convictions on charges of larceny, attempted larceny, possession of a controlled substance and three counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a counterfeit controlled substance. Wilkes also has been convicted of multiple misdemeanor charges.

Both men had initial court appearances Friday.

The investigation is being reviewed for possible federal prosecution. Additional arrests are pending, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Comments

Coronavirus

Rowan County COVID-19 vaccination numbers see major improvement after inclusion of new data

News

Top shot: World champion skeet shooter conquers competition, helps grow sport

Business

Local cultural institutions receive funding from Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program

Local

David Freeze: New Mexico brings mostly flat roads

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Schools teachers reflect on summer institute

Education

Education briefs: Superintendent awards excellence in educational performance

Kannapolis

Mayor Alexander talks infrastructure, growth with Kannapolis, Concord mayors on ‘Charlotte Talks’ radio show

Legion baseball

Baseball: Honeycutt excited, humbled by being drafted

High School

High school football preview: Falcons have experienced offense

Local

Olympics: Livingstone graduate Hayes among final eight in 400

Local

Freeze: Day 9 — What makes the best day

Crime

Salisbury Police talk worsening crime data, initiatives at first Neighborhood Action Group meeting

Local

Spencer’s Park Plaza town hall project still on track, change order coming

Education

RCCC names new foundation director

News

North Carolina experts worry as schools don’t require masks

News

NC sports betting bill gets winning vote from Senate panel

Crime

Salisbury man charged with 79-year-old woman’s murder says cellphone location resulted in charges

Health

Salisbury City Council will return to virtual meetings, require face masks in city buildings

Landis

Landis goes big with two helicopters for National Night Out

Local

Spencer and East Spencer join forces for National Night Out

Local

City Council approves Grants Landing development on Rowan Mill Road

Education

In lighter-than-usual year, RSS nutrition staff serve more than 100,000 summer meals

Nation/World

CDC issues new eviction ban for most of US through Oct. 3

Nation/World

Pushback challenges vaccination requirements at US colleges