Citizens aid in drug arrests

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 18, 2003

Two Bertie County residents were taken into custody this past week following two separate drug raids.

Clifton Thomas Campbell, 51, of 125 Lake Drive in P.G.R. Trailer Park, Lewiston, was arrested around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday after a warrant yielded what police described as evidence of drugs.

Campbell was charged with one felony and two misdemeanor counts for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

According to the Commander of Roanoke-Chowan Narcotics Task Force, Frank Timberlake, his department had been made aware of possible drug activity through various complaints of concerned citizens.

&uot;We received numerous complaints about the sale of narcotics in and around the residence and were able to identify suspects using his home for what we believed to be drug related activities,&uot; said Timberlake.

&uot;Between the complaints, confidential leads and the evidence we acquired through surveillance, we were able to obtain a warrant to search the premises,&uot; he added.

Timberlake said Campbell was taken into custody and placed under a $1,000 bond.

According to Timberlake, officers retrieved a small amount of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia from the residence.

Timberlake credited the Lewiston Police Department and Bertie Sheriff’s Office in the arrest of Campbell.

A similar arrest was made by authorities, Thursday night, around 9:30 in Colerain at 1815 NC Highway 42, taking into custody 30-year old Pearline Denise Holley who was also charged with a felony crime as well as a misdemeanor.

According to Timberlake, officials recovered a small amount of cash in conjunction with 14 hits of what they believed to be crack cocaine after searching the home.

Reports of high traffic to and from the house, coupled with numerous tips, led to the arrest.

Law enforcement officials established surveillance, ultimately leading to the search of the residence.

A secured bond of $25,000 was issued for Holley, now facing charges of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for the storage and sale of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Timberlake attributed the outcome of the arrests to the abundance of information provided to law officials by concerned citizens stating, &uot;We can not stress enough how important citizen involvement is in helping us do our job.

&uot;It is the continued response from the public that enables us to effectively serve the community in the capacity we are called to.&uot;

He also credited teamwork and cooperation between the departments as an essential part of the operation.

Timberlake encouraged citizens to continue to report suspicious activities and commended them for their efforts to keep their neighborhood drug free.