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Traffic stop nets drug arrests

WINDSOR – A simple vehicle stop turned into a lot more here Tuesday.

Jarrod Karmaine Bond, 27 of Cedar Landing Road, Windsor, and 28-year-old Lemuel Tremain Hill of St. Frances Road, Windsor, were arrested for drug possession.

Detective Kenny Gilliam and Detective Sgt. Frank Timberlake of the Bertie Sheriff’s Narcotics Division were working in the area of Woodard Road when they noticed a vehicle being operated in a fashion that led them to believe the driver could possibly be under the influence.

However, just before Gilliam and Timberlake could stop the vehicle, it pulled into a path. There, the passenger door opened from where a male jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the woods.

Following a short foot chase, Gilliam was able to overtake the suspect, later determined to be Bond. Meanwhile, Timberlake detained the driver of the vehicle (Hill).

After overtaking Bond, Detective Gilliam searched the suspect and found him to be in possession of over an ounce of marijuana, some of which was packaged in what was described, in street sale lingo, “dime ($10) bags.”

Assisted by Sgt. Carl Hoggard of the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office and Officer Ricki Morris of the Windsor Police Dept, a complete search of the vehicle revealed a residue amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Both suspects were taken into custody without further incident and were taken to the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office where they were processed and placed under bond.

Bond, held under a $10,000 bond, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and resist and obstruct an office in the line of duty.

Placed under a $500 bond, Hill was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bertie County Sheriff Greg Atkins praised the work of the officers.

“This was a case where two officers were extremely observant in noticing the way a vehicle was being operated,” Atkins said. “Their hunch proved correct as they were able to arrest two individuals who apparently were under the impression that they have the freedom to transport or sell illegal drugs in our county. We do not tolerate that and we will continue, in an effort to serve the law-abiding citizens of this county, to arrest those who break the law.”

Timberlake echoed the Sheriff’s comments by saying, “the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the citizens of Bertie County and we continue to strive to make this a safer place by detecting those people who chose to put this poison in our neighborhoods and in reach of our children.”