Mount Airy drug sale lands man in prison

By Terri Flagg - [email protected]

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DOBSON — A Pinnacle man will spend a minimum of two years in prison for his involvement with a 2013 drug sale on Gaylon Street in Mount Airy.

Kevin Allen Reynolds, 50, of Shoals Road, pleaded guilty to sale or delivery of cocaine during the February term of Superior Court.

A habitual-felon indictment was dismissed along with charges of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, driving two counts of while license revoked not for impaired driving and driving a motor vehicle with no registration.

According to Assistant District Attorney Mark Miller, an undercover investigation by the Surry County Sheriff’s Office had been targeting another individual on the day Reynolds was arrested.

The involvement of another undercover officer about whom the other investigators were unaware caused the deal to be reset. The original targeted individual had sent Reynolds to complete the purchase, but Miller said, “It’s very likely he did not make a dime off of it.”

However, “Mr. Reynolds’ record is bad, there’s no other way to put it,” the prosecutor said.

Miller made it clear to the court that the habitual felon indictment had been dismissed only because of Reynolds’s limited involvement with the sale and if he wound up back in court would not be again.

“This is your break; use it wisely,” he said.

Defense Attorney Chadwick Casstevens stated that Reynolds hadn’t been charged with any serious violations since 2010 and that the individual initially targeted in the investigation was serving time in federal prison.

Presiding Judge Stanley Allen ordered Reynolds to serve 24 to 38 months in the Department of Adult Corrections with credit for 35 days served.

• Edward Bruce Austin, 50, of South View Street, Mount Airy, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia in Superior Court on Feb. 7.

A felony charge of possession of methamphetamine was dismissed. Austin was given an active sentence of 45 days in jail with credit for 45 days served.

• Carroll Elwood Bowman, 42, of Lori Lane, Mount Airy, pleaded guilty by Alford decision to sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

An Alford decision indicates the defendant finds it in their best interests to plead guilty but does not admit guilt.

Bowman was given suspended sentences of 17 to 30 months and 10 to 21 months, which are to be served consecutively if activated.

He was placed on supervised probation for 24 months and ordered to pay $40 in restitution to the Mount Airy Police Department and a $500 fine.

• Timothy Brown Scott, 44, of Worth Street, Mount Airy, pleaded guilty to interfering with an electronic monitoring device. A habitual felon indictment was dismissed.

Scott was given a split sentence that included 30 days in the county jail with 30 days credit and a suspended 11- to 23-month prison term.

He was ordered to complete 24 months of supervised probation.

• A State Road man was placed given a probationary sentence after pleading guilty by Alford decision to felony assault charges.

Timothy Ray Cook, 50, of Poplar Springs Road, was convicted on two counts each of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling/motor vehicle and assault with a deadly weapon and a single count of resisting a public officer.

Two counts each of assault by pointing a gun, communicating threats and one count each of going armed to terror of people, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance were dismissed without leave.

Cooke was given a suspended sentence of 25 to 42 months pending the successful completion of 24 months supervised probation. He was also sentenced to 60 days in jail with credit for 60 days served.

• Bradley Eric Dawson, of Robin Ridge Road, Cana, Virginia, pleaded guilty to several drug charges in connection with alleged drug trafficking.

He was convicted of manufacture of methamphetamine, possession or distribution of a meth precursor as well as lesser charges of conspiracy to manufacture meth and attempted trafficking of meth.

The latter charges had been reduced from felony conspiracy, which is a class B1 felony, and trafficking in methamphetamine.

Conspiracy to traffic meth and manufacturing meth are both class C felonies.

As such, Dawson was ordered to serve 50 to 72 months, or about four to six years, in prison.

He was given 686 days credit for time served, lowering his minimum time left to about 27 months.

• On Feb. 13, James Aaron Gwyn, of Worth Street, Mount Airy, pleaded guilty to five counts of sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, six counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and acquiring the status of a habitual felon.

Five counts of maintaining a drug vehicle or dwelling and six counts of possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed.

Gwyn was imprisoned for 76 to 104 months, or about six to eight years, with 62 days credit for time served.

• Glen Elwood Hiatt, 33, of Lee Street, Asheboro, pleaded guilty to counts each of felony larceny and breaking and entering on Feb. 13.

He was given two consecutive 9- to 20-month active sentences to be served concurrently with one he’s currently serving on a Rockingham County conviction.

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