Citizen tips lead to drug arrests
Published 10:34 am Wednesday, June 1, 2011
GASTON—Citizen complaints netted many drug arrests and citations here for the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Sheriff Wardie P. Vincent, citizen calls led to an investigation of a residence on South Bay Street, which led to the arrest of two people and the citation of three others on May 22. The NCSO was assisted on the case by the Gaston Police Department who already had collected information on the residence.
“Drug agents (C. Williams and W. Vincent) working the case were able to gather enough evidence obtain a search warrant,” he said.
Those arrested included:
Charles Owen Pearson, 49, of 237 S. Bay Street who was charged with possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Northampton County Jail and his bond was set at $3,000 secured.
Raven Natasha Nelson, 26, of 80 Hamilton Street, Roanoke Rapids who was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was taken to the Northampton County Jail where she was placed on a bond of $2,000 secured.
Nelson was also citied for simple possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana and simple possession of drug paraphernalia.
Vincent said other individuals in the residence were cited for drugs, including:
William Henry Mitchell of 4203 Western Boulevard, Raleigh, for simple possession of marijuana and simple possession of a controlled substance.
Maya Michelle Pearson of 237 S. Bay Street, Gaston, for simple possession of less a half an ounce of marijuana and simple possession of drug paraphernalia.
Tracy Aaron Brooks of 237 S. Bay Street, Gaston, for simple possession of drug paraphernalia.
Vincent said these types of cases are an ongoing effort by his office to stop these kinds of offenses. He thanked citizens for their concern and asked those with information on any crime to call the NCSO at (252) 534-2611 or the Crime Stopper’s Line at (252) 534-1110.
“We don’t want your name, just the information,” Vincent said.