Colerain man breaks probation

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 30, 2005

WINDSOR – To receive probation in lieu of an active jail sentence can be compared to being the beneficiary of a second chance.

Apparently, Jerry Lamont Mabine’s second chance is now null and void.

On Monday, Mabine, 20 of 105 Carlton Lane, Colerain, found himself in trouble with the law once again after a warrantless search, which is part of his probation agreement, revealed drugs and cash in his possession.

According to Lori Greene, Chief Probation/Parole Officer with Bertie County Community Corrections, Probation Officer Alton Brown along with Surveillance Officers Frank Massey and Sheldon Rhines were in the Powellsville area where they encountered Mabine in a burgundy car.

The officers conducted a warrantless search of Mabine and the car. Found hidden in the vehicle were $82 in U.S. currency, 16 small bags of marijuana, one large bag of marijuana, scales, a cigar and a box of plastic sandwich bags.

Greene said the officers arrested Mabine for probation violation and contacted Detective J.K. Gilliam of the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division.

Detective Gilliam charged Mabine with two felonies – possession of marijuana with intent to sell and deliver and maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of selling marijuana – as well as misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mabine is scheduled to appear in Bertie County District Court today (Thursday).

&uot;Our goal is public safety and offender accountability,&uot; Greene said.

Mabine was convicted in Bertie County District Court on January 6, 2005 of simple possession of marijuana and was sentenced by Judge Alfred W. Kwasikpui to 12 months of supervised probation.

During his 12 months under the supervision of the Bertie County Community Corrections Department, Mabine was ordered to submit to warrantless searches as a condition of his probation.