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LENOIR N.C. – Drugs and cash were found inside a compartment on the motorcycle that crashed Sunday in Granite Falls killing the two people riding on it, according to the Highway Patrol.

John Franklin, 35, of Claremont and Allison Nixon, 22, of Conover, died in that crash on U.S. 321 in Granite Falls. The two died when the motorcycle, estimated to be traveling about 120 mph at the time of the accident, collided with a vehicle making a left turn from Glenn Ridge Drive.

According to the Highway patrol, 7½ grams of methamphetamine, $1,714 in cash and two weight scales were found in a concealed compartment. A small amount of meth was also found on Nixon, who was the passenger of the motorcycle.

Authorities have confirmed that Franklin was a witness in prosecution’s case against former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield.

The motorcycle had been involved in a high-speed chase Sunday morning that started in Blowing Rock on US 321.A police officer saw the motorcycle weaving in and out of traffic and he followed it down the mountain.

That part of chase ended as the motorcycle crossed into Caldwell County, but it started again near the Walmart on U.S. 321 in Lenoir, with a sheriff’s deputy giving pursuit. The motorcycle traveled through Hudson and into Granite Falls, and the accident happened about a mile outside the city, according to the Highway Patrol. Investigators say at the time of the crash the motorcycle was not being chased.


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