Powellsville man faces drug charges

Published 12:51 pm Saturday, April 10, 2010

POWELLSVILLE – For the second time in less than a month, citizen input has led to a drug arrest in Bertie County.

Bertie County Sheriff John Holley said his department received numerous complaints about a residence on Wynn Street in Powellsville.

“We gathered enough information to obtain a search warrant,” Sheriff Holley said.

The sheriff said Det. Sgt. Kenny Gilliam and Detective Blake Mizelle used the assistance of the Bertie County Animal Control office because there were Pit-bulls in the front yard of the home.

The officers also engaged the use of Grez, the department’s drug dog.

“Once they entered the residence, the dog had located drugs and cash in a matter of minutes,” Sheriff Holley said.

The result of the investigation was three charges lodged against Melvin Louis Wilson, 29. He was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance.

Wilson was placed in the Bertie-Martin Regional Jail under a $20,000 bond.

“I’m proud of my officers for their work in this case,” Sheriff Holley said. “This is just part of what we’re doing to get drugs off the streets in Bertie County.”

Sheriff Holley said he appreciated the input from the citizens and felt it was necessary for them to continue helping law enforcement.

“The citizens are really helping us when they call and let us know what they see going on,” Sheriff Holley said. “I encourage our citizens to call the Sheriff’s Office at 794-5330 if they have information. If they want to, they can call me directly at 724-1681.