Rowan County man arrested after $30,000 worth of crystal meth found in safe

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ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — A Rowan County man was arrested after a drug-sniffing canine found approximately $30,000 worth of methamphetamine in his safe.

John Clinton Dunbar, 41, of Salisbury, was charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine; five counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver Schedule II, III and IV controlled substances; one count of maintaining a vehicle for keeping and selling controlled substances; and four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Wednesday, deputies responded to a call about an ongoing domestic trespassing issue at a home in the 100 block of Johnson Dairy Road in Rockwell.

Deputies spotted the vehicle headed toward the home at the intersection of Johnson Dairy Road and Highway 52.

When deputies pulled Dunbar over, they realized the tag on his 2001 Jeep had expired and was listed to a 1996 Jeep. Dunbar was also driving with a revoked license, according to authorities.

Deputies began searching the vehicle and found a set of digital electronic scales, which had suspected drug residue on it.

A drug-sniffing canine then detected the presence of narcotics in a safe in the passenger seat under a coat.

In the safe, investigators found 301 grams of crystal methamphetamine, along with nine dosage units of oxycodone, two dosage units of morphine, 46 dosage units of diazepam, 12 dosage units of alprazolam, six dosage units of buprenorphine, syringes and plastic bags.

According to authorities, Dunbar has an extensive criminal history including convictions in Rowan County Superior Court on March 2, 2012, for one felony count each of obtaining property by false pretense; possessing stolen goods; larceny; assault with intent to kill inflicting serious injury; and for possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver Schedule IV.

Dunbar is being held on a $1 million bond.

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