A Salem woman faces 12 total felonies after a search warrant of her home and body located a large amount of drugs, according to documents filed in circuit court.
Kathy M. Eplin, 42, of Salem, is charged in one warrant with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, one felony count of endangering the welfare of a child and one misdemeanor count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. A second subsequent warrant charges Eplin with nine felonies including six counts of delivery of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of tampering with physical evidence.
The first warrant’s probable cause report states officers with the South Central Drug Task Force, Dent County Sheriff's Office and Salem Police Department located heroin, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during the execution of a search warrant at Eplin’s residence in the 1000 block of North Jackson Street. It details three other adults and one eight-year-old juvenile were also located in the home. Two of the adults are quoted in the report saying the drugs came from Eplin.
The second warrant’s probable cause report states Eplin was subsequently arrested and taken to Salem Memorial District Hospital so a search warrant of her person could be executed. Located hidden in a bag inside of Eplin’s body were approximately 104 heroin capsules, 30 total grams of methamphetamine, two alprazolam tablets and one-tenth a gram of cocaine.