Domestic Bonds

Several people arrested on drug charges after license tag reader spotted suspicious vehicle


Nathan Michael Wagner, 21, of Rock Hill, SC, Breanna Leigh Hughes, 20, of Fort Lawn, SC, Timothy Mason Alexander, 42, and Pamela Logan Franklin, 46, both of Cornelius, in North Carolina, were all arrested Thursday, July 8 by Alexander County Sheriff’s officers and Taylorsville Police.

Wagner, Hughes and Alexander are all charged with criminal possession of methamphetamine and tortious possession of drug paraphernalia. Franklin is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance on prison premises and with the offense of resisting arrest. A fifth suspect has been arrested for a misdemeanor.

At approximately 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, a hit confirmation was received on a stolen vehicle via the Flock Security License Plate Reader Camera which is used by the Taylorsville Police Department and Alexander County Sheriff’s Office as test. The hit confirmation was received on a license plate of a white Hyundai Elantra that was located in the Murphy’s gas station area in front of Walmart on Hwy 16 in Taylorsville.

Agents from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and the Taylorsville Police Department responded to the scene, where the vehicle was found and the occupants of the vehicle were arrested. A K-9 agent alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was carried out, where drug paraphernalia, concealed weapons (a wooden bat and hunting knives) and a quantity of methamphetamine were discovered. Methamphetamine was also seized from an occupant of the vehicle at the Alexander County Detention Center while she was being treated.

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and the Taylorsville Police Department are considering placing herd security license plate readers in various locations throughout the city and county. This license plate reader scans license plate images and compares tag numbers to databases, which include stolen vehicles, wanted people, orange alerts, suspected gangs and terrorists, violations immigration, sex offenders, missing persons and domestic violence protection orders.

During the roughly one-month trial period, the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and Taylorsville Police Department made seven arrests using the Flock Safety license plate reader, including a wanted from New York, a stolen Wilkes County tag and the arrests listed above. A missing person from New York was also located using the license plate reader.

Wagner and Franklin each received $ 15,000 in covered bonds, Hughes and Alexander each received $ 10,000 in covered bonds. They all have district court appearances scheduled for next Monday (July 12).