Crime & Courts

2 arrested in Kannapolis on meth charges

Rowan County authorities say a four-month investigation has led to the arrest of two people in connection with an alleged methamphetamine operation in Kannapolis.

One suspect is a previously convicted felon from California, investigators said.

Authorities said the investigation indicated that the residence of Tomas Hernandez-Garcia Jr. and Jennifer Crouse, in the 400 block of Gaddy Street, was being used as a distribution point for meth.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said officers conducted a search of the residence and seized a half-pound of high-grade marijuana, 2 grams of methamphetamine ice, cash, a military-style rifle and ammunition.

Hernandez-Garcia, 37, who authorities say has a history of arrests in California, and Crouse, 31, have each been charged with three felonies: possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, and maintaining a dwelling for sale or distribution of drugs.

They also were charged with misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Hernandez-Garcia was jailed under $25,000 bond. Bond was set at $10,000 for Crouse.

Deputies said two other people who were visiting the residence were charged with misdemeanor drug offenses.