STATESVILLE, NC - On Monday, deputies made a routine traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Muhammad Zakariyya Abdur-Rahim, 31, and after obtaining a search warrant, several “vacuum-packed bags of Marijuana” and a concealed handgun were discovered.
When deputies attempted to arrest Abdur-Rahim, he attacked them and jumped back into his BMW and sped away, according to court documents.
In a news release, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office stated:
Additional deputies responded and deployed Stop Sticks. However, the suspect was able to avoid them and continued onto Highway 21 South.
The suspect continued to the Lowe’s Hardware parking lot. When the suspect exited the parking lot back onto Highway 21, he accelerated and rammed a sheriff’s marked patrol vehicle.
After ramming the patrol vehicle, Abdur-Rahim continued his attempt to flee. He turned into the Iredell County Health Department where his car became disabled. The suspect then fled on foot for a short distance when deputies took him into custody.
Once the suspect was successfully detained, deputies continued the search of the suspect’s vehicle, which yielded a brick of Fentanyl, which has an approximate street value of $125,400.00.
Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell stated:
The amount of Fentanyl seized today is enough to potentially kill 250,000 people according to DEA research. That is more people than the current population of Iredell County.
Abdur-Rahim was charged with Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon on Government Official, Felony Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Felony Trafficking of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (Fentanyl), Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance (Fentanyl), Felony Possession of Marijuana, Felony Maintaining a Vehicle for the Sale or Use of a Controlled Substance, Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Marijuana, Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Felony Flee to Elude Arrest, Misdemeanor Carry a Concealed Gun, and Misdemeanor Resisting Arrest.
He was booked into the Iredell County Detention Center on $500,000 secured bond and is next scheduled to appear in court on September 20, 2022.
In 2019, Abdur-Rahim was released from federal prison after being convicted of a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felony Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Possession of Marijuana, Second-Degree Obstruct Governmental Administration.
While this story has been widely reported, at least locally, not one media outlet has reported the fact that Muhammad Zakariyya Abdur-Rahim came to this country from the Democratic Republic of the Congo several years ago and has a long criminal history that precedes his federal drug convictions.
Abdur-Rahim’s current residence is in York, South Carolina.
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