Revoked Registration Plate in Catawba Co. Leads To Seizure Of Heroin


On Sunday, 6/28/2020 at approximately 10:20 am, Investigators with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Group (SEG) attempted to stop a vehicle traveling along Springs Rd for displaying a revoked registration plate.

The driver, John David Swink, fled from SEG Investigators both in his vehicle and on foot before being apprehended. Once apprehended SEG Investigators seized 25.48 grams of heroin, .25 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia from Swink’s person and vehicle.

Swink, (33 yoa) a Conover resident, has been arrested and charged with Trafficking in Heroin by Possession, Trafficking in Heroin by Transportation, Maintaining a Vehicle/ Dwelling/ or Place for Controlled Substance, Felony Flee to Elude Arrest, Possession of Methamphetamine, Resisting a Public Officer, and Felony Probation Violation. Swink was issued a $150,000 secured bond and a first appearance in Newton District Court on 6/29/2020.

Sheriff Brown: “Traffic stops for minor infractions often lead into more serious incidents for our law enforcement officers. This heroin seizure is significant for our area and is a direct result of good investigative work”.