Late Night Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrests

A routine traffic stop while on late-night patrol led to the arrests of two
Catawba County residents on drug charges.


Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy M. Johnson was observing traffic near High Shoals around 12:02 a.m. (May 10, 2020) when he spotted a vehicle with an equipment violation and stopped the car near the intersection of Salem Church Road and Pressley Drive south of Lincolnton.

The vehicle was occupied by two people and the passenger told the deputy they picked up some money in Lincolnton and went a residence in Gastonia where the drugs were purchased. Deputies were given consent to search the vehicle and seized 33 grams of methamphetamine, along with drug paraphernalia and a used hypodermic needle.

Courtney Michelle Crowder
Photo by LCSO

The driver of the car, Courtney Michelle Crowder, 30, of St. James Church Road, Newton, NC, was charged with two felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, one felony count of possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, felony maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. She was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $200,000 secured bond.

Joshua Jacob Earl Cole
Photo by LCSO


A passenger in the vehicle, Joshua Jacob Earl Cole, 39, of Buck’s Garage Road, Maiden, NC was charged with two felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, one felony count of possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, felony maintaining
a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia He was jailed under a $175,000 secured bond.


Crowder and Cole will have a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court on May 11, 2020.


Deputy Johnson was assisted on the call by Deputy J. Allen.

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