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Traffic Stop For Burned Out Tag Light Leads To Drug Arrests
(L-R) Joshua Lee Hull and Ashley Nichole Sloan(Photos Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office)
(L-R) Joshua Lee Hull and
Ashley Nichole Sloan

(Photos Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office)

Lincoln County Sheriff's
Office Press Release

LINCOLNTON, N.C. – A traffic stop for a burned out license plate light led to the arrest of two people on drug charges.

On October 17, 2019 around 1 a.m. Deputy D. Hendrix was stationary in his patrol car at the intersection of NC Hwy 18 and NC 27 West Highway observing traffic when he observed a vehicle with the license plate light burned out. The officer pulled out behind the vehicle which made an immediate turn off Highway 27 onto Mountain Laurel Ct.

The officer made contact with the driver, Joshua Lee Hull, 41, of Reeps Grove Church Road, Vale, NC, and advised him about the reason for the traffic stop. Hull gave consent to search the vehicle and officers discovered a 9-millimeter handgun under a seat and found a black zippered case that had been thrown from the vehicle. Inside the bag was a white crystal powder believed to be methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Joshua Lee Hull was charged with one possession of a controlled substance Schedule II, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond.

The passenger, Ashley Nichole Sloan, 31, of Warlick Road, Lawndale, NC was charged with possession of a controlled substance Schedule II and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was jailed under a $10,000 secured bond.

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