DENVER, N.C. -- A three-month long narcotics investigation culminated in the arrests of two people in a traffic stop in Denver on Friday.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office pulled over a vehicle they knew to be returning from Charlotte on Old Plank Road, just south of Business Highway 16.
Officers asked the vehicle's occupants to step out of the car, three of whom complied without incident. The fourth person, 22-year-old Christopher Joseph Kapusta, of Lincolnton, exited the vehicle with clenched fists and attempted to attack the officers, authorities say.
Kapusta was forcibly restrained and taken into custody.
Authorities seized about three grams of heroin in the stop.
Kapusta is charged with one felony count each of possession of a controlled substance Schedule II with the intent to manufacture, trafficking in heroin or opium, conspiracy and possession of a controlled substance Schedule I. His bonds total $100,000.
The driver of the vehicle, 35-year-old William Henry Czolba, of Mooresville, who authorities say has sold drugs to undercover officers on numerous occasions over the last few months, is charged with one felony count each of possession of a controlled substance Schedule I, conspiracy and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. His bonds total $30,000.
The Sheriff's Office says Czolba made multiple trips to Charlotte to transport heroin back to Lincoln and Catawba Counties.