A man was arrested Tuesday at Walmart on weapon and multiple drug charges.

Tong Xeng Yang Kao Moua, 43, of 2650 Old Blue Ridge Lane in Connelly Springs, was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance; possess, sell or buy a gun with an altered serial number; and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, according to arrest warrants filed with the Burke County Clerk of Court’s office.

Police initially responded to a disturbance at Walmart, where a person claimed Moua was holding his girlfriend, Lailia Yang, and her family hostage, said Maj. Ryan Lander with Morganton Department of Public Safety. They also were told he might have a pistol.

However, police were able to make contact with Yang’s family and determined claims of a hostage situation weren’t true, Lander said.

When officers were standing near Moua’s car, they noticed drug paraphernalia inside it, leading them to search it, Lander said.

From there, 23 grams of methamphetamine, 1 gram of cocaine, a half pound of marijuana, pipes and scales were found inside the car, according to the arrest warrant.

Yang, 34, of 2288 Muddy Creek Road in Nebo, was taken into Walmart’s loss prevention office and searched by a female officer. She was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia after the officer found a straw with a white powder residue in it and a jar with white crystals, Lander said.

Moua’s bond was set at $80,000 secured and had a court date set for Wednesday, according to the arrest report. Yang’s bond was set at $1,000 secured and she has a court date set for Jan. 8.

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