LAURINBURG — Checkpoints set up throughout the city over the holiday weekend led to several arrests, including the apprehension of a man possessing a stolen handgun used in a Lee County murder.
Tyler Locklear, 17, of 12521 McKinnon Drive in Laurinburg, is charged with possession of a stolen firearm and carrying a concealed weapon, and also faces questioning by Lee County authorities. He was placed in the Scotland County jail on Sunday under a $25,000 secured bond.
According to a police report, Locklear was a front-seat passenger in a silver Impala being driven by Jordan Dickerson, 19, of 17081 Hurley Drive in Laurinburg when the car approached a checkpoint near the intersection of U.S. 401 and Lake Drive at 2:08 a.m. Officers smelled a “strong odor of marijuana” coming from the car, according to the report, and had begun a search of the vehicle when Locklear told them he was carrying a concealed weapon.
Officers found a .45-caliber handgun strapped to Locklear’s ankle, according to the report, which was found to have been used in an unsolved murder.
Officers also found a handgun under the driver’s seat, according to the report. Dickerson was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and given a $1,500 unsecured bond.
In another arrest preceded by officers smelling marijuana coming from a vehicle, Courtney Locklear, 22, of 1248 Morgan J Road in Shannon, was charged with trafficking opiates at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday at a checkpoint on U.S. 401 bypass, according to a police report.
Officers saw yellow pills near Locklear’s seat in the burgundy Toyota and found about 40 more scattered around the inside of the car, according to the report. She was given a $10,000 bond.
In another checkpoint set up early Saturday on U.S. 15-401 South, officers charged Stephen Locklear, of 17520 Gulf Port Road in Laurinburg, a passenger in a 2005 Ford Explorer, with two outstanding warrants. The driver, Robert Earl Goins Jr. of Old Stage Road in Gibson, fled from the checkpoint, according to the report, but has not been charged with a crime.
During a traffic stop early Monday, Doyle Edward Stanton was charged with felonious possession of cocaine and given a $5,000 unsecured bond. Police stopped him near North Caledonia Road after he failed to stop for a stop sign, according to a police report, and saw an open container of alcohol and drug paraphernalia “in plain view.” A search revealed a bag of cocaine in the driver’s side of the car, according to the report.
His passenger, Shelby Jean McMillan of 106 Chavis Road in Maxton, was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and released.
Abbi Overfelt can be reached at 910-276-2311, ext. 12. Follow her on Twitter @aoinscotco.