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Rowan man faces more drug-related charges

SALISBURY – An 18-year-old Rowan County man who already was facing charges in two earlier drug cases is in trouble with the law again, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators say Brandon Rumple, 18, was arrested Tuesday after county agents searched Rumple’s home on Carter Street near Kannapolis.

The series of events began Saturday, when the sheriff’s office was called to the Carter Street residence after a report of shots being fired. Deputies said they found a dispute under way between two residents of the house – one of them Brandon Rumple – and two other people. Authorities said they found three spent shell casings in the yard.

On Tuesday, detectives searched Rumple’s home and charged him with possession of a firearm by a felon. Deputies say they also found evidence of heroin trafficking. Rumple was jailed under $50,000 bond, and investigators say additional charges are possible.

Rumple was arrested in April 2012 in connection with the discovery of 200 grams of heroin at an apartment in Charlotte. Then in October 2012, Rumple was arrested at his community service job in Rowan County after authorities say he tried discarding heroin in a Porta-Jon. He was charged with trafficking heroin in that incident.

Rumple also was convicted in January 2012 in Cabarrus County on charges of delivering a controlled substance, authorities say.

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