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Police in North Carolina arrest three after failed robbery leads to drug bust

January 20, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Police in North Carolina arrest three after failed robbery leads to drug bust Left t right: Kevin Manuel Arant-Melchor, Zackery Keith Phifer, and Josue Diego Martinez

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Authorities in North Carolina arrested two teenagers and one man after an attempted robbery led to the discovery of drug contraband on Monday.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office said the incident took place at a residence in the Sandalwood neighborhood.

Investigators received tips from concerned residents that two males were seen walking around outside the house with skull masks. After a short period, the two males left the home in a dark vehicle but came back a short while later.

Officers arrived to look into the matter and discovered that one male was armed with a loaded gun. Police also recovered a stolen AR-15 rifle, a ballistic vest, and marijuana inside of the vehicle, WCNC reported.

The three suspects were arrested after failed robbery, which led to a drug bust in Union Co.

After police secured a search warrant, police discovered a stolen handgun, baggies of marijuana, THC extract and drug paraphernalia inside of the home.

While authorities were searching the residence, a priority mail package arrived from California addressed to the residence’s occupant. The package included almost 450 grams of THC extract.

The teen suspects have been identified as Josue Diego Martinez, 18, and Kevin Manuel Arant-Melchor, 17.

Martinez has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon, breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods and simple possession of schedule VI.

Arant-Melchor has been charged with breaking and entering and simple possession of schedule VI. Both teens are scheduled to appear in court in March.

The contraband recovered inside the home led to the arrest of Zackery Keith Phifer, 21.

Phifer was with possessing with the intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a controlled substance, possessing with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia and stolen goods. His next court appearance is also scheduled for March.

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