M’boro man faces cocaine, pot charges

Published 7:21 pm Tuesday, December 23, 2008

MURFREESBORO—At least one citizen here will not be having a Merry Christmas.

On Monday morning, the Murfreesboro Police Department (MPD) arrested Stacey Beale, 31, of Maple Fork Mobile Home Park in Murfreesboro after more than $2,000 worth of drugs was allegedly found on his person.

Beale was charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver schedule II (cocaine) and possession with the intent to sell and deliver schedule VI (marijuana). The suspect was also charged with resist, delay and obstruct.

He has been placed in the Hertford County Jail under $155,000 total cash bond ($150,000 for the drug charges and $5,000 for the resist, delay and obstruct charge).

According to MPD Chief Darrell Rowe, two of his officers, Lt. Joe Burgess and Officer Donald Cuff, were patrolling Woodridge Mobile Home Park when they observed Beale acting suspiciously.

“Officer Cuff got out of Lt. Burgess’s patrol car at which time the suspect fled,” said Rowe. “Officer Cuff was able to run the suspect down.”

Once Beale was under control, he was searched by the officers at which time 23.7 grams of cocaine, 51 $5-bags of marijuana and $494 in cash were allegedly found in Beale’s coat pockets.

Rowe calculated the street value of the drugs to be $255 for the marijuana and $2,000 worth of cocaine.

“This is a really good arrest,” said Rowe. “I can’t think of a better time than Christmas to get these drugs off the street.”

He thanked and offered praise to Lt. Burgess and Officer Cuff for their effort.

“Both did a very professional and excellent job,” said Rowe.