Traffic Stop Leads To Drug, Identity Theft Charges

Bond was set Wednesday night at $112,000 for a Princeton man arrested during a traffic stop on US 70 East of Selma.

Around 7:00pm, a Johnston County SAFE Team deputy spotted a suspicious Ford Explorer stopped near the intersection of US 70 and Country Store Road. The officer said he made contact with the driver, identified as 22 year-old Austin Tyler Thompson of Lauren Lane.

After asking Thompson to step out of his SUV, a hypodermic needle fell to the ground.  During a search, a bag of suspected crystal methamphetamine was allegedly found in his pocket.  Thompson also reportedly gave a fake name to the deputy.

Thompson was wanted at the time on several warrants for failing to appear in court on charges that included breaking and entering, attempted breaking and entering,  marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia possession.

Thompson was served with those warrants and also charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, felony identity theft, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was given a $100,000 bond on charges stemming from the traffic stop plus an additional $12,000 bond on the failure to appear warrants.