Bus passenger charged with drug trafficking

Published 5:00 pm Friday, April 16, 2021

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PLEASANT HILL – After being briefly hospitalized for an apparent drug overdose, a passenger on a Greyhound bus was arrested for drug trafficking.

According to Lt. C.A. Parker of the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, Northampton EMTs and Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched on April 5 to the North Carolina Welcome Center, located along I-95 in Northampton County, for a male subject who had possibly overdosed while traveling a Greyhound bus. The driver of that bus stopped at the Welcome Center to meet with emergency responders.

Richard James

One of the EMTs was given a book bag by the bus driver that belonged to the passenger in question. While searching for identification in the man’s book bag, a clear plastic bag was located containing numerous individual packaged stamped baggies suspected to be heroin/fentanyl. A wallet was also located, containing the identification that was confirmed to be the male subject who was identified as Richard Foster James, 46 of Asheville.

James was transported to Vidant North Hospital in Roanoke Rapids.

Sgt. R. Horton with the Northampton Sheriff’s Narcotics Division arrived on scene where evidence was turned over. Upon further investigation of the plastic bag, Horton discovered 140 bags of heroin/fentanyl and 18 bags of cocaine.

Horton obtained warrants for James for felony possession of heroin, trafficking heroin, possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, felony possession of cocaine and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine.

James was arrested at the hospital and transported to the Northampton County jail where he was processed and given a $85,000 bond and an April 8 court date.


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