Man awaiting trial in two states arrested again


Charles Bangert, Jr. – Picture courtesy of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office


A Rowan County man awaiting trial in North and South Carolina on methamphetamine charges was arrested again. On Friday, April 13, 2018, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation conducted a traffic stop of a gold 2013 Ford Explorer occupied by three individuals. The vehicle was pulling a Jet Ski trailer with a Georgia registration.

The traffic stop was made at the intersection of Shue Road and Haven Trail in China Grove, North Carolina. At the time of the stop, the sheriff’s office had already obtained a search warrant for the person of Charles Stanley Bangert, Jr., aka “Stosh,” who was the rear seat passenger in the vehicle.

When Bangert was extracted from the vehicle, he resisted deputies and was immediately taken to the ground. Bangert attempted to reach into his waistband area. During a search of his person, approximately 6.5 ounces of methamphetamine was found in a plastic bag in the front waist area of his pants. A recently obtained drug detection canine purchased by the Rowan Couth Sheriff’s Office through donations was utilized in the investigation. Additional methamphetamine was found on one of the other occupants and drug paraphernalia was found in the Explorer.

Information obtained during the investigation indicated that Bangert and the other occupants of the Explorer had traveled to Georgia, where Bangert obtained the methamphetamine. Bangert was charged with trafficking methamphetamine and placed under a $500,000 secured bond.

At the time of this incident, Bangert was out on bond in Cherokee County, South Carolina, following a traffic stop on November 30, 2016, where he was found in possession of four ounces of methamphetamine.

Additionally, on April 3, 2018, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division responded to a suspicious vehicle call at 725 Lillian Circle, Salisbury, North Carolina. When deputies arrived at the residence, a Nissan 350Z was sitting in the driveway with its headlights on. When approaching the vehicle, a deputy observed two front seat occupants of the vehicle sleeping.

The driver was identified as Charles Stanley Bangert, Jr., aka “Stosh.” The deputy observed a plastic baggie with suspected methamphetamine sitting between the sleeping driver’s arm and abdomen. After the occupants were awoken, the deputy asked the driver if he had any illegal narcotics and he replied none. The deputy pointed out the baggie on Bangert’s person and Bangert acted as though he did not know what the deputy was talking about.

The deputy asked Bangert to step out of the vehicle. When Bangert got out of the driver’s seat, the deputy noticed a plastic baggie containing 10 grams of marijuana lying on the driver’s seat. Bangert was subsequently searched and $2,250 was found in his shirt pocket. Drug paraphernalia, a small amount of suspected methamphetamine and one gram of heroin was located in a search of the vehicle.

Bangert was charged with possess with intent to sell/deliver methamphetamine; possess with intent to sell/deliver marijuana; felony possession of heroin; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bangert was given a secure bond of $15,000, and subsequently posted bond, prior to the April 13, 2018, arrest.

Bangert has criminal histories in four states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia. He has previous felony convictions in Rowan County for larceny, injury to property, breaking and entering, and possession of methamphetamine precursor.

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