Shots fired leads deputies to evidence of heroin trafficking

Shots fired leads deputies to evidence of heroin trafficking

Credit: Rowan County Sheriff's Office

Brandon Lee Rumple

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 6 at 4:25 PM

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- A Rowan County teen with an "extensive criminal record" is facing another set of charges after law enforcement responded to a shots fired call in Kannapolis over the weekend.

Last Saturday, Rowan County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 500 block of Carter Street in Kannapolis and observed the two residents involved in a dispute with two other people.

In the front yard, authorities found three spent shell casings from a .380 handgun. Deputies say the residents, 45-year-old Christopher Rumple and 18-year-old Brandon Rumple, discharged the handgun in the direction of the two subjects. Inside, authorities also found a .380 handgun with one spent shell casing inside a locked safe.

Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office sent their Special Investigations and Aggressive Criminal Enforcement units and the Special Response Team to execute a state search warrant at the home.

Brandon Rumple was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a felon stemming from the incident on Saturday.

While searching the home, deputies reported finding evidence of heroin trafficking, and say additional charges are likely.

Brandon, who was on bond from a previous probation violation, was booked in on a $50,000 bond, and his previous bond was revoked.

The Rowan County Sheriff's Office says Brandon was arrested in Cabarrus County on April 19, and was charged with heroin trafficking after officials seized more than 200 grams of heroin from an apartment in Charlotte.

Further, Brandon was charged in another incident dating back to October 2012 in Rowan County in which authorities say Brandon tried to discard 6.7 grams of heroin in a porta-potty while working community service at the Rowan Recycling Center. Officials say Brandon attempted to discard the drugs after deputies received a tip of a drug sale at his location. At that time, deputies say 3.7 grams of Methadone and $415 in cash was found on Brandon's person. He faces another heroin trafficking charge related to this incident.

In January 2012, Brandon was convicted in Cabarrus County of delivery of a Schedule 1 controlled substance.

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