Thursday, October 12, 2006
Police make drug arrests
By SUE WATSON
Holly Springs police officers made the largest drug bust in recent times early Friday following a routine traffic stop, according to police chief Patricia Selman.
Six suspects were charged with possession with intent to sell controlled substances - powder cocaine and marijuana, she said. Also seized was a vehicle and cash.
One suspect escaped on foot and has not been identified.
The street value of the cocaine powder was estimated by Detective Elijah Wilson to be in the $40,000 range. About $500 in street value of marijuana was seized in addition to nearly $500 in cash and a GMC Yukon, he said.
Two female and four male suspects were charged with possession of controlled substances with intent to sell, Selman said.
They are Antenette Wells, 23, of 891 Old Oxford Road in the Waterford area; Mario L. Rogers, 28, of 344 Collins Circle, Holly Springs; Jerry Johnson, 21, of 185 West Woodward Avenue, Holly Springs; Ray Von Rutherford, 20, of 345 Chesterman Street, Holly Springs; James Lee Jones, 19, of 364 Colllins Circle, Holly Springs; and Tameko Wilson, 25, of 3419 Wilkins Chapel Road near Waterford.
Selman said an officer on routine traffic patrol stopped the black GMC Friday morning between the hours of 12:30 and 1 a.m. in the area of Chesterman Street and Neely in Holly Springs.
“He approached the vehicle and the driver let his window down and the officer smelled marijuana,” Selman said.
The officer identified the suspect and asked him to come to the rear of the vehicle with the remaining six suspects in the vehicle. As the officer talked with the driver, one of the passengers got out of the vehicle and ran and was not apprehended.
“The driver began to run away and was apprehended,” Selman said.
The officer received backup support from five other officers and they undertook a search of the vehicle and the suspects, she said. The arrests were made without incident.
One of the suspects, Rogers, was recently indicted on drug charges during the September term of grand jury, Selman said.
Wilson and Selman said the amount of drugs recovered in a single incident in the city is the largest they know of. Both Selman and Wilson believe the drugs were likely going to be sold in the city or local area rather than passing through the area.
In other incidents last week, officers investigated the following incidents:
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