Drug charges filed

Published 10:19 am Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Hertford County Sheriff’s Office is getting tough on drugs.

Sheriff Juan Vaughan reported the recent arrest of two local men in unrelated cases. In both incidents the arrests were made following traffic stops respectively conducted by HCSO Investigators Dexter Hayes and Greg Harrison.

The most recent arrest was at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24. There, Harrison initiated a traffic stop which netted the arrest of Phillip Ray Farmer, 35, of 108 South Quebec Street, Harrellsville.

Farmer was charged with felony possession of crack cocaine and maintaining a vehicle to keep a controlled substance as well as possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. He was jailed under a $15,000 secured bond and is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Friday.

On Wednesday of last week, Hayes performed a traffic stop. As a result, he placed 47-year-old Ronald Kent Brown of 1404 US Hwy. 158 West, Murfreesboro, under arrest for felony possession of cocaine, maintaining a vehicle to keep a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brown was placed under a $10,000 secured bond and made his initial court appearance on July 20.

“These two arrests are examples of our continuing efforts to help control the sale or possession of illegal drugs in our county,” Vaughan said.

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Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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