Rowan County man, with criminal drug record in California, arrested on firearm, drug charges

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Kristopher Steven Maldonado

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — A man in Salisbury was arrested on multiple firearm and drug-related charges Thursday.

Kristopher Steven Maldonado, 24, who is a known gang member with a felony drug record in California, was arrested at his parent’s home.

Deputies responded to the home located at 1030 Sexton Circle on March 11 after Maldonado allegedly used a 12-gauge shotgun to threaten his parents over money and other items.

His father was eventually able to wrestle the shotgun away from his son, according to a release.

Deputies arrested Maldonado and seized the shotgun as evidence when they arrived on the scene.

Maldonado was taken to the Rowan County Magistrate’s Office for processing. Deputies noted that Maldonado was disoriented and then learned that he had consumed a large amount of pills prior to their arrival at his home.

He was then taken to the Rowan Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Previously, investigators had made several undercover drug purchases from Maldonado on two different dates in February.

On Feb. 10, deputies purchased 41 alprazolam tablets and one dosage unit of buprenorphine sublingual. Then on Feb. 23, deputies purchased black tar heroin from him.

In addition to the firearm charges, Maldonado also faces multiple drug charges relating to possessing and selling controlled substances.

Maldonado is being held under a $50,000 secured bond.