Routine License Checkpoint Results in Drug Arrest

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Routine License Checkpoint Results in Drug Arrest

 

 

 

 

 

Routine License Checkpoint Results in Drug Arrest
FLEETWOOD, N.C. – Sheriff B. Phil Howell announces the
arrest of 46-year-old Stuart Chad Mast of Ashe County.
On July 28th, 2022, Sheriff Deputies and State Highway Patrol
conducted a routine license checkpoint in the Fleetwood area.
During the checkpoint, a Kawasaki motorcycle attempted to
pass the checkpoint without stopping. After officers were able
to stop the motorcycle, the vehicle was returned to the scene,
where Sgt. James McNeill noticed the motorcycle did not have
a registration plate.

K9 Deputy Lee Johnson and his K9 arrived and conducted an
open-air sniff. K9 Officer Condor had a positive alert to the driver’s motorcycle,
specifically the jacket that the subject had lain on the bike while speaking with
Deputies.

During the stop, Deputies searched the jacket and found a large amount of cash, two
clear baggies containing a crystal substance later to be identified as
methamphetamine, and another clear bag containing a brown powder substance.
Additional evidence was submitted to the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation Crime
Lab for further analysis, which may result in additional charges at a later date.

 

The motorcycle is not owned/registered by the individual but has not been reported
stolen at this time.
Mast was placed under arrest at the scene of the traffic check and transported to the
Ashe County Detention Center by Sgt. McNeill, where Mast was booked under a
$2,500 Secured bond and released.

Stewart Chad Mast, 46 Years old, of Fleetwood, NC, was charged by ACSO & NCSHP
with the following:
• NC 90-95 (A)(3) Felony- Possess Methamphetamine
• NC 20-7 (A)(1) No Motorcycle Endorsement
• NC 20-111(1) Drive/Allow Motor Vehicle with No Registration
• NC 20-111(1) Drive/Allow Motor Vehicle Registration Plate not displayed