ROWAN COUNTY -- Two men were arrested on multiple state-level drug charges by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and the Spencer Police Department.
Jorod Qutez Young, 30, and Bernard Franklin Wilkes Jr., 30, were taken into custody Thursday and are charged with drug trafficking and drug distribution in Rowan County.
Young is charged with six counts of Level I trafficking heroin, two counts of Level II trafficking heroin, three counts of sell/deliver heroin, three counts of maintaining a vehicle/dwelling for controlled substances, one count of possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver heroin and one count of conspiracy to traffick heroin. He is in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $1,150,000 secured bond.
Wilkes is charged with six counts of trafficking methamphetamine, six counts of possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver heroin, four counts of maintaining a vehicle/dwelling for controlled substances, two counts of sell/deliver methamphetamine and one count of sell/delivery heroin. He is in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $1,350,000 secured bond.
Deputies said the arrests followed numerous complaints received by both agencies regarding drug distribution by both men in the Town of Spencer.
According to deputies, Young was released from federal prison on May 17 and was on federal supervised release. Wilkes was on 24 months state probation.
For the past three months, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit and Crime Reduction Unit received assistance in the investigation from the Spencer Police Department, Salisbury Police Department, Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office and Mocksville Police Department.
Deputies said the investigation involved interviews, extensive surveillance and undercover operations.
Wilkes was arrested when his vehicle was located and stopped at the intersection of Jefferson Street and North Whitehead Avenue in Spencer. During the arrest, he was found in possession of approximately $1,332 in US Currency.
Young was arrested when his vehicle was located and stopped at the intersection of Midway Street and North Main Street in Salisbury. During the arrest, he was found in possession of approximately 25 grams of suspected heroin and approximately $559 in US currency.
Deputies said Young has a 2013 federal conviction in the Middle District of North Carolina for possession of firearm by felon, state felony convictions for robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
Wilkes has state felony convictions for larceny, attempted larceny, possession of Schedule II and possess with intent to sell/delivery a counterfeit controlled substance (three counts).
Additional arrests are pending, according to deputies.