ROCKINGHAM — A man is facing drug and weapons charges after allegedly pointing a gun at another driver.
According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call Friday in the area of South Street and Mill Road in East Rockingham in reference to the driver of one vehicle reportedly pointing a gun at the driver of another.
The suspect vehicle was reportedly found empty at the gas pumps of a nearby convenience store.
A short time later, 46-year-old Julian Lerrone Bennett walked out of the store and to the car. When questioned, Bennett reportedly told deputies that he was driving the car, but was not the owner.
One deputy reportedly noticed a semi-automatic handgun in the front passenger seat. Bennett reportedly admitted to being a convicted felon and was taken into custody.
Deputies seized the 9mm handgun and, while searching the vehicle, reportedly found 3 grams of heroin, 5.9 grams of fentanyl, 2.5 grams of cocaine, 1.6 grams of methamphetamine, 3.8 grams of marijuana, a set of digital scales and plastic baggies they believe was used for packaging.
In addition to a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon, Bennett was also charged with one felony count each of possession of heroin, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of cocaine and possession of methamphetamine.
Bennett was also charged with misdemeanors of simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and assault by pointing a gun. Online records show three counts of the latter charge.
Bennett was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond. He did not appear in online jail records early Monday afternoon. He is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 18.
Online court records show Bennett has pending traffic infractions in both Anson and Durham counties.
According to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction, Bennett was convicted in 1996 of second-degree burglary, possession with intent to sell a controlled substance, and more than a dozen counts each of breaking and entering and felony larceny in Guilford County.
He was initially given probation. He was incarcerated from November 1996 to February of 1997, and went back to prison a month after being released until January of 1999.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.