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2 charged with meth, cocaine possession following East Rockingham traffic stop

ROCKINGHAM — A man and woman were allegedly caught with drugs following a traffic stop last week.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the Community Impact Team received a complaint of drugs being sold from a vehicle in East Rockingham.

Investigators reportedly found a vehicle matching the description and discovered that the registration had expired, prompting a traffic stop.

In the driver’s seat was 47-year-old Victor Brian Evans and on the passenger’s side was 38-year-old Hollie Leigh Tuner, both of Rockingham, according to the sheriff’s office.

While talking to the two occupants, one of the investigators reportedly spotted a set of digital scales with a white powdery substance in the passenger-side floorboard and Suboxone strips sticking out of Turner’s bag.

Deputies ran both their names through the system and reportedly discovered Turner was wanted on a failure to appear charge in Anson County. Online court records show that charge as misdemeanor larceny from 2020.

She was taken into custody and deputies reportedly conducted a consented search, finding a cigarette pack in the console containing 1.7 grams of meth and a gram of crack wrapped in a tissue.

Investigators also reportedly found metal smoking pipes in the console and a .357 caliber revolver hidden in a fast food bag in the rear passenger area. Evans has multiple previous felony convictions which prohibit him from having a firearm.

He was arrested and charged with one felony count each of possession of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine and possession of a firearm by a felon; and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Evans is being held on a combined $45,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 18.

In addition to the outstanding warrant, Turner was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. She is being held on a combined $12,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear on all charges — including a felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses from 2021 — on Aug. 23.

According to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction, Evans’ long criminal history started in 1993 when he was convicted on seven counts of misdemeanor larceny and one count of misdemeanor breaking and entering.

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His probation on the B&E charge and four of the larceny charges was revoked in February of 1994 when he was convicted on three counts of felony breaking and entering and a count of misdemeanor larceny.

(Note: Records show his projected release date as Nov. 13, 1998 but do not reflect an actual release date.)

In 2003, Evans was given probation when he was convicted of misdemeanor larceny. However, the following year, he was convicted on three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon — on count in Richmond County, two in Scotland County — and was incarcerated for nearly 6 years.

Evans was convicted in 2012 of obtaining property by false pretenses and his probation was revoked the following year when he was convicted of embezzlement and possession of drug paraphernalia in Buncombe County, landing him behind bars for another 20 months.

Two months after his release, Evans was convicted of financial card fraud and credit card theft in Buncombe. Again, his probation was revoked the following year, sending him back to prison for nine months.

Several months after getting out, Evans was locked up again on a post-release revocation.

His most recent convictions include:

2019
Scotland County – attempted larceny and breaking and entering – probation revoked, 13 months
Anson County – possession of a Schedule II controlled substance – 11-months
2020
Richmond County – larceny of ungathered crops – 9 months
2021
Richmond County – three-month reimprison violation

Evans’ parole ended Nov. 12, 2021.

Turner was convicted of maintaining a place for a controlled substance in 2012 and delivering or selling a Schedule II controlled substance in 2014.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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