Two McDowell County Residents Charged With Trafficking Heroin In Iredell County

IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. — Two Marion, North Carolina, residents have been charged with trafficking heroin following a traffic stop in Iredell County.

On Tuesday, Iredell County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle on Taylorsville Highway near I-40 for a traffic violation.

According to deputies, the occupants of the vehicle, 40-year-old Jason Randolph and 25-year-old Avorie West, were moving quickly in an attempt to hide something inside the vehicle.

After speaking with Randolph and West, the deputies received consent to search the vehicle.  During the search, deputies found one-quarter ounce of heroin mixed with Fentanyl, which authorities say is commonly referred to as “China White Heroin.” Deputies also located drug paraphernalia.  Randolph and West were immediately taken into custody and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center.

Jason Randolph has been charged with Felony Trafficking Heroin by Transport, Felony Trafficking Heroin by Possession, Felony Possession with the Intent to Sale and Deliver Heroin, Felony Maintain a Vehicle for Sale of Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Driving While License Revoked.

Avorie West was charged with: Felony Trafficking Heroin by Transport, Felony Trafficking Heroin by Possession, Felony Possession with the Intent to Sale and Deliver Heroin, and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Each suspect was issued a $200,000 secured bond.

Sheriff Darren Campbell added, “Through our intelligence networks exchanging information with other law enforcement agencies, and continuous training in detecting suspicious activity, we are going to actively seek out those who come to Iredell County to either buy or sell illegal drugs.”