Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators conducting a surveillance Monday night (February 10, 2020) in an area where neighbors complained about illegal drug activity arrested two people on drug charges following a brief chase.
Investigators were conducting surveillance on a residence in western Lincoln County when they observed a vehicle leave the area. They followed the vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop but the car sped away.
During the chase, the passenger in the vehicle was throwing methamphetamine out the window. After a five-mile chase the vehicle stopped near the intersection of Rockdale Road and Highway 18 in Cleveland County and both occupants were taken into custody. Investigators seized 10 grams of methamphetamine and eight hundred dollars in cash. Officers also retrieved all drugs thrown from the vehicle.
Donald Joseph Gaul, 55, of Country Land Lane, Vale, NC was charged with possession of a controlled substance Schedule II with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and aggressive driving. He was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond.
Kimberly Ann Motz, 38, of Cherryville, NC was charged with possession of a controlled substance Schedule II with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was jailed under a $20,000 secured bond.
Most drug-related investigations begin with tips or complaints from citizens. Detectives then begin using various tools and investigation methods to build a case. Anyone with information concerning drug-related activity is urged to call the Drug Tip line at 704-736-8606 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. All tips are investigated and callers can remain anonymous