Erick Gabriel Cuevas-Pastrana

Erick Gabriel Cuevas-Pastrana

A man who accepted a ride from Rowan County deputies this week is now facing drug charges, gun charges and possible deportation.

According to WBTV, deputies with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office responded to investigate a report of a suspicious person on Woodleaf Road in Rowan County around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18.

When they arrived they found Erick Gabriel Cuevas-Pastrana, 30, sitting in the grass. He told them he had been walking home for 7 hours after an incident with his girlfriend.

The deputies offered him a ride but told him they had to pat him down and search his bag before he was allowed in the car. WBTV reported that Cuevas- Pastrana said he didn’t want them to check his belongings and that he would continue walking.

It was then that deputies discovered he had an active child support warrant. During the search after he was arrested, the deputies found 102 grams of meth, scales, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the bag along with a loaded .9 millimeter handgun.

The amount of methamphetamine was around $5,000

Later, law enforcement discovered Cuevas-Pastrana was a Mexican citizen and in the country illegally. The news station reported an immigration detainer was placed on Cuevas-Pastrana by the United States Department of Homeland Security-Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Investigators also contacted the United States Attorney’s Office in Greensboro about the possibility of federal prosecution.

His bond with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office was set at $25,000.

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