Traffic stop nets gun, meth cache

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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 6:04 pm

MORGANTON - A weekend license check turned into jail time for a Lenoir man who is also a convicted felon.

Roger Dale Franklin, 51, Old Trenton Place, was the passenger in a car being driven by Bobby Jason Coffey, 31, of Pineburr Road, Lenoir, when the car was pulled over by Morganton Department of Public Safety officers Saturday. The driver told them he did not have a license on him.

He gave his name as Bradley, but it was quickly determined Coffey was not giving officers his right name.

Coffey was arrested for one misdemeanor count of resisting, obstructing and delaying justice.

When officer walked to the passenger side, Franklin opened his door, revealing an open container of beer.

Franklin was asked to step out of the vehicle. An officer noticed the barrel of a gun protruding from under the passenger seat.

The officer was advised by dispatch of Franklin’s felony record and a search of the vehicle was initiated.

A clear plastic bag with six individual bags inside contained a crystalline substance the officer recognized as methamphetamine. One of the bags also contained a Xanax pill.

Franklin was also found to have $2,945 cash in his possession.

He was transported to the Morganton Public Safety headquarters for fingerprinting and photographing and then taken to the magistrate’s office where he received a $10,000 secured bond for possession of a firearm by a felon.

As he was being taken to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility, the officer was called to bring Franklin back to Morganton headquarters.

It had been discovered in the headquarters’ interview room that Franklin had left another bag with the crystalline substance that appeared to be more methamphetamine. It was found under the interview room’s bench seat.

Franklin was returned to the magistrate’s office where he was charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and was given an additional $25,000 secured bond.

He is scheduled to appear in Burke County District Court July 29.

Coffey’s appearance is scheduled for August 12.