Selma Police Seize Meth With Street Value Of $18,800 During Traffic Stop

SELMA- A Smithfield man was arrested by Selma Police after officers allegedly found 188 grams of suspected methamphetamines in his Dodge pickup truck.

Around 8:00pm July 14th, Selma Police were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle in the area of Waffle House on Outlet Center Drive.  Police located the vehicle leaving the area and stopped the driver on Outlet Center Drive for not wearing a seat belt.

David Robert Stelzner Jr., 33, gave permission for police to search his truck but claimed there was nothing illegal inside.   During the search 188 grams of meth and 3 grams of marijuana was allegedly found.

Police Chief W.M. Thomas said,  “This is a good example of law enforcement working together with the community. A citizen reported a suspicious vehicle. Because of detailed, accurate information provided to Selma Police an alert patrol officer located the vehicle and a traffic stop was initiated. Due to the officer’s training and experience the results were a significant amount of methamphetamines were found. The drugs had a potential street value of $18,800. The good citizens do not want this epidemic in their community anymore than we do. We will continue to be proactive and take these criminals to jail.”

Stelzner allegedly claimed police had not found meth but the white crystal like substance was salt. Later he reportedly said that meth was used as a water softener.  Police said the substance field tested positive for methamphetamines.

Stelzner, who was listed on his arrest report as being homeless, was charged with two felony counts of trafficking methamphetamines and misdemeanor marijuana possession. He was held in the Johnston County Jail on a $100,000 secured bond.