JACKSON – Pot, cocaine and firearms, including one listed as stolen, were seized during patrols saturated by narcotics units during a recent two-day spell in Northampton County.
Captain CA Parker of the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit said three adult men and two young men were involved in a trio of incidents that took place at opposite ends of the county. He added that narcotics officers from the Northampton and Halifax County Sheriff’s Offices jointly conducted the saturated patrols in the Gaston, Woodland and Rich Square areas.
On June 30, Constable DJ Epperson attempted to perform a traffic stop on a Cadillac for a motor vehicle violation in the NC 46 area near Warner Bridge Road, Gaston. The vehicle did not stop for the blue lights and the siren.
Following a short vehicle chase, a rear passenger got out of the car and ran on foot with a bag of books. After a brief foot chase, a minor was apprehended by Epperson and Parker. The man was found in possession of marijuana and a .45 caliber handgun.
Parker said a juvenile petition will be filed at a later date. He added that the vehicle had traveled to Virginia. The identity of its other occupants is unknown.
On the same day, officers RT Horton and BJ Murphy attempted to perform a traffic stop on a Kia passenger car in the Gaston area. Parker said the vehicle pulled off the road and entered a store parking lot, but then took off as the two officers pursued it.
As officers pursued them, a passer-by reported seeing one of the occupants of the Kia throwing a gun.
The chase ended in the Louis McGlen Road area in Gaston where Tylek Smallwood and Teven Vincent, both 19, were found in possession of THC edibles.
Lt. A. Roye of the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office recovered the firearm, a Taurus G2c pistol, discarded from the vehicle. This weapon was determined to be stolen from Chocowinity via information obtained through Northampton County Central Communications.
Horton arrested and charged Smallwood with possession of a stolen firearm. Smallwood was jailed on $ 5,000 bail.
Horton also arrested and charged Vincent with the felony of flight to escape, possession of a stolen firearm and the felony of possession of Schedule VI. Vincent received a security deposit of $ 2,500.
The two men are due in court on July 20.
On July 1, Constable Horton observed a vehicle without headlights in the Rich Square neighborhood. Horton attempted to conduct a traffic stop for the violation. A short chase ensued and a minor ran out of the vehicle with a bag of books.
After a brief foot chase, the miner was apprehended by Horton. The minor was found in possession of three firearms – a pair of Ruger 5.7 pistols and a PSA AR pistol – as well as marijuana, crack cocaine and cocaine.
Captain A. Harris of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office chased the vehicle, which then came to a complete stop. The driver was later identified as Michael Eason Jr., 27, of Woodland. Horton arrested and charged Eason with the crime of flight to escape. Eason was given a $ 500 bond and a July 20 court date.
Parker said Horton would follow up on this investigation and a juvenile petition would be filed.
During the operation, Parker said a total of 470 grams of marijuana, six grams of crack, five grams of powdered cocaine and drug paraphernalia were seized with the guns.
âThe combination of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Offices and Northampton has created a synergy that is crippling illegal drug control operations in our counties. The Halifax and Northampton Narcotics Units will continue to work hand in hand to eliminate this illegal activity from our communities, âParker said.
Asked about the involvement of minors in these cases, Parker said it was a practice among adult drug traffickers to give minors the narcotics and firearms to be detained because, if arrested, the judicial penalty is lighter for those under the age of 16.
âAlso note that if the adult is a convicted felon and is in possession of a firearm, he will necessarily be sent to federal prison,â Parker said.