3 men caught in Nash County with guns, fraudulent gift cards; charged with ID theft

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WNCN) — Three Georgia men are facing multiple charges, including identity theft, following a routine traffic stop made on Interstate 95 Tuesday night, according to the Nash County Sheriff’s Office.

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Nash County Sheriff’s Office Highway Interdiction Team stopped a car with a Virginia registration on I-95 near the 145 mile marker around 8:30 p.m. for a traffic violation, the sheriff’s office said.

While conducting the stop and speaking with the driver, deputies noticed a strong marijuana smell coming from inside the car. Three men inside the vehicle were removed while a search was conducted on the car, according to authorities.

During the search, a metal grinder with marijuana residue was found inside, along with three concealed semi-automatic handguns. While continuing to search the three men, deputies found a large amount of gift cards that were believed to be fraudulent, the sheriff’s office said.

In addition to the grinder, guns and gift cards, deputies found a handheld card skimmer and laptop that officials say “was likely used to embed false information onto the gift cards.”

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Authorities said that ID cards with two different victims’ names and operator license numbers that had been altered were being used to exploit the gift cards.

The three men have been identified as Joseph Pascall, Jerry Ladler and Kanton Pryor, all of Covington, Georgia.

Pascall is charged with felony identity theft, felony possession 5+ counterfeit instruments, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Ladler is charged with felony identity theft, felony possession 5+ counterfeit instruments, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and misdemeanor carrying a concealed gun.

Pryor is charged with felony identity theft, felony possession 5+ counterfeit instruments, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

All three are being held in the Nash County Jail under a $43,000 secured bond each. Their first court appearance is set for Thursday.

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