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Kannapolis man charged after pulling drug-filled balloon from rectum

Rowan County sheriff’s investigators charged a Kannapolis 19-year-old after he removed a drug-filled balloon from his rectum at the Rowan County Detention Center this week, Chief Deputy David Ramsey said.

Brandon Lee Rumple was taken to jail after his probation was revoked in Rowan County Superior Court.

Told that he would be strip-searched, Rumple removed the balloon, Ramsey said. The balloon contained six broken tablets of Xanax and 11 Suboxone strips, each in an individual bag.

Rumple was transferred to the North Carolina Department of Corrections and was charged with possession with intent to distribute Soboxone and possession of controlled substances in a local confinement facility, both felonies.

Rumple has numerous charges pending in Rowan and Cabarrus counties, including from a June 29 incident in which witnesses said he discharged a .380 handgun at two people during a dispute, Ramsey said. Shell casings were recovered from the scene, and the gun was seized from a safe inside the residence.

Rumple also has heroin trafficking charges pending in Cabarrus County Superior Court from an April 19 arrest in which over 200 grams of heroin were seized during a search of a Charlotte apartment.

On Tuesday, Rumple was arrested at the Rowan Recycling Center on Julian Road in Salisbury while working community service. Ramsey said Rumple attempted to discard 6.7 grams of heroin in a Port-a-Jon, after deputies received a report of a drug sale. Rumple was charged with trafficking heroin in the case.

On Jan. 20, 2012, Rumple was convicted in Cabarrus County Superior Court of delivery of a schedule I controlled substance.

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