ROWANCOUNTY, N.C. -- The Rowan County Sheriff's Office say they put a known drug and weapons trafficker behind bars early Thursday morning.

At about 2:15, the Sheriff's Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Unit with the assistance of the Davie County Sheriff's Office, pulled over a vehicle on I-85 North at the Peeler Road off ramp.

Authorities say Arthur Louis Frances, 63, of Miami, was found in possession of two firearms during a search of his truck and trailer.

Francis, who authorities say has a long criminal history, including numerous possession of firearms by a felony and trafficking in hundreds of pounds of marijuana, was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and resist, obstruct or delay.

He was booked in under a $25,000 bond.

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