VA man with lengthy criminal history arrested in Rowan County on drug charges

- A Virginia man, who has a lengthy criminal history, was arrested Monday morning along Interstate-85 in Rowan County for gun and drug violations, according to the Rowan County Sheriff's Office. 

The Rowan County Sheriff's Office was working traffic enforcement on I-85 and stopped a vehicle on I-85 southbound for speeding. 

During the stop, deputies detected a strong odor of marijuana. Up searching the vehicle, deputies found a 9-millimeter handgun, about 24 grams of cocaine, 17 grams of marijuana, and $2,950 in cash. 

The driver, identified as Darrell Alexander Laron Ford, claimed to be traveling from Norfolk, Virginia to Atlanta, Georgia. 

Ford is charged with speeding 85 MPH in a 70 MPH zone, providing fictitious information to an officer, felony possession of firearm by felon, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, felony possession of cocaine, and two counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Ford was placed under a $10,000 secured bond. Deputies said Ford has an extensive criminal history in Virginia, including three felony convictions for possession of controlled substances. 

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