A felon with an extensive criminal history was arrested in Salisbury on Tuesday following the execution of a state search warrant at his home.
The Rowan County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit and the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Unit searched the home of 41-year-old James Arthur Smith in the 300 block of South Fisherman Lane on Tuesday.
Officials say the search warrant was obtained regarding information on drug activity.
During the search, authorities discovered and seized a 12-Gage shotgun and assorted ammunition, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Smith was booked in to the Rowan County Jail on a $50,000 bond. He's charged with possession of marijuana, maintaining a dwelling to keep and store drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and felon in possession of a firearm.
Smith's criminal history includes felony convictions for possession of cocaine, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and larceny.