Seven locals were arrested in a drug bust early Monday morning.
Around 4 a.m. on Monday residents from Gastonia, Charlotte and Bessemer City were all booked into Gaston County Jail by Gastonia Police in connection with a drug bust.
People charged include:
Shane Michael Griffith, 33, was charged with possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. According to police, the Charlotte resident possessed needles when he was arrested. He’s currently in Gaston County Jail on a $10,000 bond. Prior charges for Griffith include misdemeanor larceny and second-degree trespassing.
Brandon Scott Best, 28, was also charged with possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, specifically needles. The Gastonia resident is currently in jail with a $30,000 bond. He has a history of other drug charges.
Amber Payseur Griffith, 33, has been charged with the same things as Shane Griffith and Best, and is in jail on a $10,000 bond. These are the first charges she has faced in Gaston County. It is not immediately clear if she has any relation to Shane Griffith.
Princeton Nolan Brooks, 27, has been charged with possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine, two counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and a misdemeanor charge of simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. Police say the Gastonia resident had needles and a metal container that was used to introduce a substance other than marijuana into the body. Additionally, Brooks allegedly had Xanax in his possession.
Finally, Brooks had an order out for his arrest for a failure to pay monies on a two prior misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. He is currently in Gaston County Jail on a $10,000 bond.
Randolph Galarza, 32, was charged with possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, specifically needles. According to documents included with his magistrate’s order, the Bessemer City resident is considered a danger to the public, and the magistrate’s office has suggested an electric house arrest if he is released from the jail.
Galarza has previously served a sentence for a DWI charge in May 2016 and has other previous charges for drugs. He’s currently in jail with a $100,000 bond.
Christopher Ray Harris, 41, was charged with the same things as Galarza, and likewise was labeled a danger to the public. He’s also in jail with a $100,000 bond. In 2015 the Gastonia resident served two years for a probation violation and also has been previously charged in connection with drugs.
Finally, Gerald Wayne Mcabee, 41, was also charged with possession of heroin, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, specifically needles. In the past this Gastonia man has faced charges for assaulting a female and failure to pay child support. He faces a $10,000 bond.
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