Information released by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office
On Wednesday, November 27th, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Sergeant J. Watson observed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of McDonalds on Taylorsville Road in Statesville. Sgt. Watson ran license plate check on the vehicle. It was verified it was reported stolen out of Maiden. Other deputies arrived to assist, and detained the five occupants in the vehicle.
During the investigation of the stolen vehicle, and subsequent search of the car 101.1 grams of methamphetamine along with two sets of digital scales were found in the driver’s area of the vehicle.The driver of the vehicle, 37-year old Michael Alvin Punch of Cherryville, NC was arrested on the scene for: Felony Trafficking of Methamphetamine, Felony Possession with Intent to Sale or Deliver Methamphetamine, Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Felony Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle.
Punch was detained in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond