JACKSON COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — Jackson County sheriff's deputies say an attempted traffic stop turned up 12 pounds of methamphetamine and more than $11,000 cash.
Mitchell Glenn Bell, 42, of Gray, Tennessee is facing multiple felony charges in the Wednesday morning incident.
Authorities say it started when a deputy was conducting a traffic stop on a motorcycle along US-74 in the Balsam Community.
Deputies say as the officer approached the vehicle, the driver of the motorcycle pulled away and started a brief chase.
Authorities say the driver of the motorcycle eventually ran into a wooded area off Woodfin Road where he was arrested.
As a result, officers seized 12 pounds of methamphetamine, as well as more than $11,000 in cash.
Bell was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substances, flee to elude arrest, reckless driving to endanger, resisting a public officer, possessing drug paraphernalia, and identity theft.
The sheriff's office says Bell remains in the Jackson County Detention Center under a $300,000 bond.