Catawba man, 23, to serve more than 5 years on weapons, drug convictions

08/07/2014 7:10 AM

08/07/2014 7:11 AM

A 23-year-old Catawba County man was sentenced to prison after he was convicted of weapons and drug offenses.

Donald Scott Young, 23, of Connelly Springs was convicted in Catawba County Superior Court last week of trafficking in opium/heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, possession of a gun on educational property and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Judge Jeffrey Hunt sentenced Young to at least five years and 10 months and no more than seven years and nine months in prison.

Young also was ordered to pay a $50,000 fine.

Young was arrested and charged in August 2012 after an off-duty Catawba County sheriff’s deputy saw weapons in a vehicle in the parking lot of Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, District Attorney James Gaither Jr. said.

Hickory police determined the vehicle was stolen. Gaither said Young had the keys to the vehicle and was found with illegal drugs.

Hickory police Officer Kyle Stephens handled the investigation with assistance from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Kyle Smith prosecuted the case.

Young was taken to the Division of Adult Correction in Raleigh for processing, Gaither said.

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