LINCOLNTON, N.C. – Four people were arrested following a traffic stop and a search warrant executed on two residences on the Gastonia Highway. On September 19, 2020 deputies received information that illegal drugs and possible stolen firearms were located at residences at 2937 Gastonia Highway and 2949 Gastonia Highway. A search warrant was issued by the Lincoln County magistrate and officers executed the warrant around 4 a.m. on September 19, 2020.
Deputies made entry into the residence where they found two males on the living room floor, another male in a bedroom and a male and female in a back bedroom. All five were detained without incident.
A search of the residences led to the discovery of an amount of methamphetamine in a container in the bedroom along with several glass pipes and multiple scales. Officers also found three firearms in an outbuilding on the property.
Ivey Pinkney Loftin III, 47, of Gastonia Highway, Lincolnton, NC was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, conspiracy, possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance Schedule II, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.
Melissa Gayle Crisp, 43, of Gastonia Highway, Lincolnton, NC is charged with conspiracy, possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance Schedule II, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was jailed under a $30,000 secured bond.
Boyce Lee Hedgpeth, 39, of Gastonia Highway, Lincolnton, NC was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. He was jailed under a $12,000 secured bond.
No charges were filed against the two males that officers encountered in the living room.
In the traffic stop that occurred before the search warrant was executed, a female passenger is the vehicle was found to have outstanding warrants for her arrest. Kimberly Dawn McSwain, 35, of Gastonia, NC was arrested on five outstanding warrants. She was placed in jail under a $50,000 secured bond.
Investigating officers were Deputy J. Counts, Deputy J. Dunigan, Deputy N. Stamey, Sgt. A. Sutton and 1st Sgt. A. Helms.