Sheriff David Taylor said Ricky Martique Rodgers called a friend and said he wanted to turn himself in. The friend called Capt. James McNeil.
“This person gave Capt. McNeil Rodgers’ whereabouts and McNeil picked him up,” Taylor said.
Taylor said he hoped Rodgers would be taken to Federal Court for arraignment today.
On Aug. 11, a federal grand jury returned indictments on Rodgers, 29, of 237 Vaughn Road for possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the furtherance of drug trafficking and possession of counterfeit money with intent to defraud.
The charges resulted from a case made by the Union County Sheriff’s Office on May 23 when they went to Rodgers’ home and recovered drugs, counterfeit money, a gun and ammunition and they also found pit bulls that had been used for fighting.
Taylor said federal authorities were asked to accept the case made against Rodgers because of Rodgers’ past criminal record, including that he was a convicted felon who could not legally own a gun.
An additional local charge against Rodgers also has been filed — when officers went to his home to attempt to arrest him on Aug. 14, they saw marijuana in plain view. Rodgers will be charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute in this matter.