The Rowan County Sheriff’s office arrested two men on Thursday for multiple drug charges after an investigation involving multiple agencies.
Jorod Qutez Young and Bernard Franklin Wilkes Jr., both 30, were taken into custody by deputies and the Spencer Police Department, according to the agency.
Wilkes was charged with six counts of trafficking methamphetamine, six counts of possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver heroin, four counts of maintaining a vehicle/dwelling for controlled substances, two counts of sell/deliver methamphetamine and one count sell/deliver heroin. He received a $1,350,000 bond on the charges.
Young was charged with six counts of Level I trafficking heroin, two counts of Level II trafficking heroin, three counts of sell/deliver heroin, three counts of maintaining a vehicle/dwelling for controlled substance, one count of possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver heroin and one count of conspiracy to traffic heroin. He was issued a $1,150,000 secured bond.
Authorities stated the arrests followed numerous complaints both agencies received about drug distribution by both men in Spencer. Young was released from federal prison on May 17 and was on federal supervised release, while Wilkes was on 24 months state probation, according to law enforcement.
For the past three months, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit and Crime Reduction Unit, assisted by the Spencer, Salisbury, Mocksville police departments, and Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office, conducted interviews, extensive surveillance and undercover operations, deputies said.
Authorities stated Wilkes was arrested in his car in Spencer, and was found with approximately $1,332 in cash.
Young was also arrested in his vehicle in Salisbury, and was found to have roughly 25 grams of heroin and $559 in cash.
Deputies further stated Young has a 2013 federal conviction for possession of firearm by felon, and state felony convictions for robbery with a dangerous weapons and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, along with other misdemeanors.
Wilkes has state felony convictions for larceny, attempted larceny, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell/deliver a counterfeit controlled substance and other misdemeanors.
Both are scheduled to appear in court on Friday, and the investigation is being reviewed for potential federal prosecution, according to deputies.
Additional arrests are pending.