‘Known trafficker,’ pregnant woman face drug charges in Rowan Co.

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Brandon Lee Rumple and Tasha Nichole Simpson

Brandon Lee Rumple and Tasha Nichole Simpson

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — A Rowan County resident, with a history of drug trafficking charges, was arrested by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

Brandon Lee Rumple, 19, was arrested, along with his girlfriend, Tasha Nichole Simpson, 25, who is eight months pregnant, on a variety of drug-related charges.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit and the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Unit received information that Rumple, who was out on more than $1,000,000 in bonds, was making frequent trips to an area of Charlotte, known as a “distribution point for heroin.”

Deputies set up surveillance around Rumple’s home and later followed a Honda that they said was driven by Simpson with Rumple as a passenger.

Officers said the occupants realized they were under surveillance and violated multiple traffic laws. When deputies tried to stop the vehicle, they said Rumple threw a powdery substance out the passenger window along with a plastic bag.

The vehicle continued to a home on Carter Street, where Rumple got out of the car and threw a bag to his father, Christopher Todd Rumple, who came out of the house while deputies were attempting to apprehend the couple.

According to a release, Todd Rumple ran inside the house and shut the door. He later admitted to deputies that he had flushed the bag down the toilet.

Deputies were able to recover some of the powder from Brandon Rumple’s face, clothing and the passenger side of the vehicle.

Deputies also found a torn plastic bag on Earl Street that still contained approximately two grams of a tan powder, which tested positive for MDMA, a Schedule I controlled substance.

About $1,200 was found in the vehicle.

As officers searched Simpson, they found 12 grams of black tar heroin, located in her crotch area, deputies said.

Brandon Rumple was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver MDMA, resist, delay and obstruct a public officer, alter and destroy evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Rumple’s bond was set at $2.5 million.

Tasha Simpson was charged with two counts of trafficking heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Simpson’s bond was set at $250,000.

Additional charges will be filed in the investigation.

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