Hickory Traffic Stop Leads To Woman Facing Several Drug Trafficking Charges

NEWTON, N.C. — A 31-year-old woman is facing several drug trafficking charges after a traffic stop in Hickory Friday, according to the sheriff’s office.

Investigators with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on March 4 along 11th Street Circle Northwest after observing a speeding violation.

During the stop, investigators discovered 60 pounds of marijuana, 260.48 grams of cocaine, 47 oxycodone pills, 15 units of 80+% THC vape cartridges, THC wax, 9 grams of MDMA, 5 dosage units of ecstasy and $1,417 in cash, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies say the driver of the vehicle, identified as Elizabeth Pearson, has been charged with trafficking heroin, trafficking cocaine, trafficking marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver schedule I controlled substances, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver schedule II controlled substances, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver synthetic cannabinoid, felony possession of cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for the purposes of possessing, manufacturing, selling or delivering controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.

“Our SEG Unit is continuing its proactive work to locate drug traffickers and bring them to justice,” Sheriff Donald Brown.