Erratic Driving Leads to Drug Arrest of Maiden woman

Staff Writer

Two people have been arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop on Highway 321 north.

On June 9, 2018 Deputy W. Hollar was behind a vehicle traveling at approximately 35 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour zone on Highway 321 north near the Catawba County. Deputy Hollar stopped the vehicle just inside Catawba County after the driver failed to maintain the lane of travel.

The passenger in the vehicle, Tammy Jo Hernandez, 43, of Highway 16, Maiden, NC was asked to exit the vehicle. A search of the suspect turned up drug paraphernalia. She also advised she had methamphetamine in the vehicle. The driver, Randy Allen McDonald, 49, of Clover, S.C. also exited the vehicle and methamphetamine was found in one of his pockets.

A search of the vehicle turned up several clear plastic bags containing more than 107 grams of methamphetamine. Also seized were cellphones and digital scales. The couple told officers they went to Gaffney, S.C. to pick up four ounces of methamphetamine and was supposed to deliver it to an unknown location in Newton.

Tammy Jo Hernandez was charged with two felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine and one count of maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. She was also charged possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond for Hernandez was set at $210,000 secured.

Randy Allen McDonald was charged with two felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked. He was also served with three outstanding warrants from Catawba County. He received a $203,000 secured bond.

Hernandez and McDonald had a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court on June 11, 2018.