M’boro Police seize guns, drugs

Published 2:41 pm Thursday, April 16, 2009

MURFREESBORO – Acting quickly on a tip from a resident, Murfreesboro Police Tuesday arrested a 22-year old Springfield, VA man, seized a rifle and a shotgun as well as 68 grams of marijuana and a “large amount of drug paraphernalia,” Murfreesboro Police Chief Darrell Rowe told the Roanoke-Chowan News Herald.

Arrested after the resident called police about 1 p.m. to report a “suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood,” Rowe said, was Ricarrio A. Logan.

“Lt. Joe Burgess went there and found the vehicle on the Chowan University parking lot at Cotton and Fourth (streets),” Rowe said. “There were several people in the car,” which Rowe said was a “late ‘90s model Explorer.”

Burgess noted that the vehicle’s license plates had expired, contacted the driver and determined that he had no insurance.

Murfreesboro Police Sgt. Jamie Dilday advised Burgess that Logan had been banned from Chowan property, so Burgess arrested him for trespassing.

At that point, Rowe, who had been called out of the Murfreesboro Town Council meeting under way at the time, arrived and he and Burgess initiated a search of the vehicle.

“The suspect told us there were two weapons in the vehicle,” Rowe said. “We found a Remington .22 rifle and a Mossberg 20-gauge shotgun,” as well as the marijuana and paraphernalia.

Logan was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of weapons on educational property, and with trespassing, Rowe said. He was transported to the Murfreesboro Police Department where he was placed by a magistrate under $55,000 secured bond. He remained in jail in the Hertford County Jail in Winton Wednesday afternoon, Rowe said.

“I appreciate the good, quick and professional job the officers did,” Rowe said.

The Police Chief added, “This is what happens when citizens get involved and help watch out for their own neighborhood. I encourage all citizens, when they see something out of place or suspicious, to contact us at the police department so we can move quickly on it.”