Traffic stop leads to felony arrest

Jan 02, 2014

A routine traffic stop late Sunday night led to a felony drug and weapons arrest by the Haywood County Sheriff's Office.

A deputy initiated the stop after observing a revoked license plate on a vehicle occupied by three people. As the subsequent investigation unfolded, deputies found a handgun during the vehicle search and secured the weapon along with $380 in cash into evidence. During a search of the suspects in jail, deputies also found and seized 7.3 grams of methamphetamine.

Joshua Ray Warren, 34, has been charged with felonious possession with intent to manufacture, sell and/or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance on jail premises and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Warren was jailed in lieu of $100,000 secured bond. Warren was out on bond awaiting trial on unrelated charges of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. His next court date is Jan. 8.

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