On Saturday August 7, 2016 at 12:54am, Morganton Department of Public Safety was conducting a license checking station at the intersection of Sanford Dr and Tate St.  A purple in color Honda passenger car approached officers standing by waiting to check vehicles for drivers license and any other illegal activity.  The driver, Justin Dean Ray (24 years old), stated he did not have a drivers license and they were revoked.  The Honda passenger car had four occupants and was asked to pull onto Tate St. in reference to a citation for driving while license revoked.  The two back seat passengers, Shelly Lynn Ray (42 years old), and Garry Dean Sanders (30 years old) were acting very strange and kept moving in the rear of the seat after several commands from officers to keep their hands visible.  Officer SJ Huffman asked Officer T Vue to start gathering information for citations to be issued.  During this time, Officer Huffman retrieved her K9 partner Shrek from her patrol vehicle.  Officer Huffman walked back over to the Honda passenger car, and asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle that they wanted to talk about.  Justin Ray stated he was unsure if there was anything illegal in the vehicle.  Officer Huffman asked a second time in which the front seat passenger, Emily Christian McCall (18 years old), handed Officer Huffman a marijuana smoking pipe.  This is when Officer Huffman conducted a K9 sniff with K9 Shrek receiving a positive alert to the presence of the odor of narcotics.  Sgt. Brown got Shelley Ray and Justin Ray out of the vehicle while Officer Huffman was getting McCall out of the vehicle.  Office Vue started his interaction with Sanders.  As Officer Vue was speaking with Sanders, Sanders admitted to having a needle in his pocket.  Officer Vue conducted a search of Sanders locating three small baggies of a crystal-like substance from officers training and experienced known to be methamphetamine.  Sanders then stated that he had a pink book bag inside the vehicle but was taking it to someone else.  Sanders was placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine and a search of the vehicle was conducted.  A search of the vehicle resulted in a search of the pink book bag which resulted in locating over 300 small zip lock bags, 861 grams of methamphetamine (which is equivalent to 1.96 pounds), digital scales, and moisture gauge.  All these items together show Sanders intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine.  Due to such a large amount of methamphetamine, NC GS 90-95(H)(3B) states anyone in possession of 400 or more grams of methamphetamine is charged with trafficking.  Sanders received a $125,000 secured bond on Trafficking Methamphetamine and was released to Burke–Catawba Confinement Facility and is awaiting his first appearance in court on 08/08/2016.  This is Sanders third trafficking charge within three months.  On 06/09/2016, Sanders was charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine in Caldwell County; and on 07/11/2016, Sanders was charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine in Burke County where Officer J Walker seized 77 grams of methamphetamine from Sanders.  This seizure of methamphetamine is one of the largest seizures of methamphetamine in the City of Morganton.

 

 

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