Lawmen combine efforts on arrest

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 29, 2005

WINTON – Six law enforcement agencies combined their efforts to make a dent in the local illegal drug traffic here Thursday.

Keith Maurice Taylor, 36, was arrested at his residence, located at 111 Freeland Court in Winton, after lawmen served a search warrant.

Taylor was charged with possession with intent to sale and deliver crack cocaine, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bond was set at $29,000, secured. He made his first appearance yesterday (Friday) in Hertford County District Court.

According to Hertford County Sheriff Juan Vaughan, members of his office, the City/County Drug Unit, Ahoskie Police Department, Murfreesboro Police Department, Winton Police Department and ALE combined their efforts to make the arrest and collect evidence.

HCSO Sgt. Will Liverman headed-up the investigation.

After serving the search warrant, officers located Taylor in a back bedroom of the residence. There, a search discovered 26 plastic bags containing crack cocaine, an &uot;8-ball&uot; of cocaine, $342 in U.S. currency and assorted drug paraphernalia.

Also found in the home was a lever action, 30-30 high-powered rifle.

In addition, a search was conducted of Taylor’s vehicle, parked outside the residence. There, officers discovered an additional amount of crack cocaine.

&uot;I would like to commend all of the officers for a job well done,&uot; said Sheriff Vaughan. &uot;No matter how large or small the drug trafficking is, we will continue in our effort to stop the flow of this poison here in Hertford County.&uot;