A Charlotte man with a criminal history was arrested last week on charges of drug trafficking and possession of a prohibited weapon, said Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell.

Kenneth DeLayne Forde, 24, was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle for selling a controlled substance. He was issued a $50,000 secured bond from a magistrate.

On Friday, a deputy with the Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team stopped a 2018 Dodge Charger for a traffic violation on Interstate 77 at the 51-mile marker, a news release stated.

The deputy talked with the occupants of the vehicle and smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from within the car, Campbell said. The driver and passenger were removed from the car and deputies searched the car, which was a rented vehicle, Campbell said.

The release said deputies found approximately 3.4 ounces of hydroponic marijuana and a Glock .40 caliber handgun in a duffel bag hidden in the car’s trunk. Campbell said deputies learned the gun was stolen from Charlotte and Forde, a passenger in the vehicle, admitted to possessing both the handgun and drugs that were found.

The release added that further investigation determined that Forde had prior convictions from an incident in Charlotte.

The release stated he has a criminal history involving larceny, discharging a weapon into occupied property and possession of a firearm by a felon.

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