Trio face charges

Published 9:16 am Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Three Hertford County residents found themselves behind bars last week.

Hertford County Sheriff Juan Vaughan said search warrants were obtained on three different residences after investigation led officers to believe there was illegal activity inside homes. All three netted arrests and charges.

The first search warrant was served at a residence on NC 561 in Harrellsville by Hertford County Detective Brian Pearce on August 15. As a result of the search of the home, Kenneth Dale Sessoms, 52, was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sessoms was placed in the Hertford County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond. He has had his first court appearance and is out on bail.

Sheriff Vaughan said officers found marijuana, plastic bags and digital scales at the residence.

The second warrant was served August 18 at a home on Brinkleyville Road outside of Ahoskie. Lead investigator Dexter Hayes charged Andre D. Holloman, 33, with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Holloman was placed in the Hertford County Jail under a $40,000 secured bond and made his first appearance Friday. He has been released on bond.

Sheriff Vaughan indicated his officers located a digital scale and a .22 caliber rifle at the home.

The final arrest was made Friday when Barry Lamont Smallwood was charged by Hertford County Detective Greg Harrison.

Det. Harrison served a search warrant on Liverman Mill Road near Ahoskie and that led to Smallwood being charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sheriff Vaughan said a utility trailer reportedly stolen in Wake Forest more than a year ago was found at the home.

Smallwood was placed in the Hertford County Jail under a $15,000 secured bond. His first appearance is Tuesday. He is out after posting bail.

“This is another in our continued efforts to rid Hertford County of drugs,” Sheriff Vaughan said. “These officers did a great job and our citizens can rest assured more of this will be coming. We’re going to be serving more search warrants and getting more drugs off the streets.”

Officers who assisted in the arrests included Chief Deputy Lassiter, Maj. Eure, Lt. Liverman, Sgt. Cofield, Sgt. Joyner, Deputy Bradley, Capt. Davis, Sgt. Fennell, Deputy Stroud and ALE Officer Brandon Lanier.