ROCKINGHAM — A man currently on probation was allegedly caught with narcotics while sitting in a vehicle early Tuesday morning.
According to the Rockingham Police Department, officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle on John F. Kennedy Drive.
Brandon Lee Cox, 26, was reportedly sitting in the driver’s seat and, while speaking to him, officers reportedly saw marijuana in his lap.
Officers searched the car and reportedly found an unspecified quantity of suspected cocaine and meth.
Cox was arrested and charged with one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine, as well as one misdemeanor count each of possession of up to a half-ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court March 23.
Online court records show Cox has several pending traffic citations from both this year and last year including driving with a revoked license and operating a vehicle with no insurance.
Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Cox was given 24 months of supervision, which included a six-month prison sentence, in May 2022 when he was convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon, speeding to elude arrest and assault on an officer or state employee.
Cox was first convicted in 2019 of discharging a firearm into an occupied property. His probation was revoked the following year when he was convicted of attempted trafficking in a Schedule II controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a felon and he spent 17 months behind bars.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.