Traffic stops on out-of-towners lead to charges for illegal narcotics, weapons

Ojarrey Jamal Williams, left, and Kenneth Ashonte Agurs. /Courtesy Mooresville Police

MOORESVILLE – Two Charlotte-area men were arrested recently on drug and weapons charges after Mooresville Police Department traffic stops. Both arrests resulted in the seizure of illegal narcotics and firearms from suspects that live outside of Mooresville and were reportedly bringing them into the community.

According to MPD, officers conducted a traffic stop May 7 on N.C. 150 of Kenneth Ashonte Agurs, 23, of Charlotte after reportedly observing him commit a traffic violation. After stopping the vehicle, officers developed probable cause to search it which resulted in the seizure of 800 pills of the pain medication Oxycodone and a concealed handgun.

Agurs was charged with the felonies of trafficking in opium by transport, trafficking in opium by possession, maintaining a vehicle to keep or sell a controlled substance, and possession with intent to sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance; and misdemeanors, carrying a concealed handgun, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a revoked license. He was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.

MPD reportedly seized this Skorpion VZ61 semi-automatic short-barreled 7.65MM rifle and 310 grams of marijuana off Williams.

On May 10, officers conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle on Williamson Road for an alleged seat-belt violation. During the traffic stop officers developed probable cause to search the vehicle and located a large quantity of marijuana and a concealed firearm, police said.

Officers reportedly located a Skorpion VZ61 semi-automatic short-barreled 7.65MM rifle under the passenger seat of the vehicle. Officers also located a backpack on the back passenger side floorboard of the vehicle which contained 310 grams of marijuana in multiple bags and a set of scales.

Ojarrey Jamal Williams, 34, of Kannapolis was a passenger in the vehicle and reportedly claimed ownership of the items. Williams is a convicted felon out on bond with a lengthy criminal history that includes convictions for selling cocaine, common-law robbery, assault on law enforcement, breaking and entering and habitual assault.

Williams received the felony charges of possession of a weapon of mass destruction, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and possession of marijuana; and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $35,000 secured bond.

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