Salisbury felon charged with having firearms in home

Authorities said they arrested a 56-year-old convicted felon Tuesday morning after obtaining a search warrant for his Gold Hill home and finding a loaded .22 revolver and two long guns.

The state-issued search warrant for Anthony Worth Wyrick’s home on Rowan-Cabarrus Road was obtained based on evidence that he was distributing prescription pain killers and possessed firearms, authorities said.

After finding firearms at his home last Friday, authorities said they got a second search warrant for Wyrick’s safety deposit box in a bank on Avalon Drive and seized more than $16,000 in cash.

Wyrick was arrested and charged with one count of felon in possession of a firearm. He was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond.

Wyrick has an extensive history of convicted felonies, including possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, breaking and entering and second-degree rape, authorities said.

The search warrant and arrest were the result of a collaboration of authorities from the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit, Special Response Team and the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Unit, with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration.