By Karissa Minn, Salisbury Post
One of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office’s 15 most wanted people was arrested Tuesday on several felony drug charges.
The warrant was taken out on Dec. 20 after a series of undercover drug buys starting in early summer, said Lt. Terry Agner. Burgess was arrested Tuesday and placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $50,000 bond.
Burgess also has been charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute marijuana; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute opium; and sale and delivery of marijuana; and sale and delivery of opium. Police say he had 35 hydrocodone pills and 7 grams of marijuana.
Burgess and his wife, Rhonda, were previously arrested Aug. 2 after detectives found 202 marijuana plants in various stages of growth inside and outside the house, as well as dried marijuana, morphine, oxycodone, methylphenidate (Ritalin) and hydrocodone pills. Detectives also seized drug paraphernalia, two rifles and $1,400 in cash.
A 6-year-old boy had been living in the house, which officers said had trash and dirt everywhere and a pit bull in a bedroom. The Department of Social Services was notified and the boy was turned over to his biological mother at that time.
As a result of the August search, Burgess was arrested and charged with numerous felony counts including trafficking in opium, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver several controlled substances; possession of a firearm by a felon; and maintaining a dwelling to keep, store and sell controlled substance. He was then released after his $300,000 secured bond was paid.
Undercover officers continued their investigation and brought the new charges against him this month based on a series of drug buys.