On April 21st at approximately 3:30 pm, Morganton Public Safety Officers participated in a license checking station on Hogan Street, Near Cross St.
PSO Holland observes a Black Chrysler 300 pull up to the checking station. The driver produced his license as requested. PSO Holland identified the driver as Frank E. Caldwell (DOB-06/14/1948) of Morganton, NC.
When Caldwell produced his license, PSO Holland noticed a strong odor of Marijuana coming from the vehicle. PSO Holland asked Caldwell to exit his vehicle and conducted a probable cause search. PSO Holland located several, Marijuana “blunts” in a small bag. During a search of the vehicle, PSO Holland discovered a pill bottle containing 48 dosage units of Hydrocodone (that were not prescribed) and 14.2 gm of Marijuana. $735.00 in cash and the illegal drugs were seized.
The quantity of Hydrocodone pills was probable cause to arrest and charge Caldwell with Trafficking Opiates.
Caldwell was charged with:
-Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver a Schedule VI Controlled Substance (F)(Marijuana)
-Trafficking Opiates (Felony)
-Maintaining a Vehicle for the Purpose of Distributing Illegal Substances. (Felony)
Caldwell’s bond is $50,000 secured with an initial appearance in Burke County District Court 04/23/2018