A Winston-Salem man, identified as a suspect in a Rowan County investigation, was arrested in Albemarle Tuesday, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.
Juvonta Lafond, 23, was arrested Tuesday in Albemarle and served felony warrants for possession of a stolen vehicle, speeding to elude arrest and possession of a firearm by felon, according to a news release.
Authorities said Lafond received a $20,000 bond from a magistrate and posted bail the same day.
On Monday, 28-year-old Demetrious Tyrone Lane was arrested in a traffic stop and served with arrest warrants for a felony possession of marijuana, deputies stated.
The sheriff’s office stated warrants were obtained after a raid at his home on the 600 block of Meadow Lane in Spencer June 5 on suspicion of a pound of marijuana. His residence was initially raided after another suspect identified in the investigation was suspected to have traveled there.
These arrests follow an incident earlier this month involving multiple law enforcement agencies.
On June 1, a traffic stop resulting in a wreck led to one suspect being arrested on multiple charges days later, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office stated at the time. Albert Britford, 23, of Winston-Salem, was arrested on outstanding Forsyth County warrants and felony charges of possessing stolen goods and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and misdemeanor charges of possessing a Schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer. He was helf without bond, authorities said at the time of the arrest.
Britford and Lafond were stopped by Deputy Kelvin Peoples for a minor traffic violation on Highway 52 in Gold Hill and authorities said neither passenger presented identification, but that Peoples observed a magazine for an assault rifle in plain view within the car and smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle, in that June 1 stop.
They also said the suspects fled the scene before back-up arrived. The sheriff’s office said Peoples returned to his car and pursued the vehicle and that pursuit reached speeds of more than 100 mph. Deputies stated the chase entered Stanly County and went into Albemarle, where the car wrecked on Church Street. Both occupants fled the car and ran into the woods, the release stated. The vehicle was searched and an AR-15 suspected to be stolen from Winston-Salem was found, the release stated. Authorities said they also found a loaded handgun, ski mask, gloves and marijuana in the car. Lafond and Britford were identified via Peoples’ body camera footage and forensic evidence, authorities said.
Britford was arrested at Lane’s residence by members of the Rowan and Forsyth County sheriff’s offices, Winston-Salem police and U.S. Marshal’s Office task force on June 5.