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A Garysburg man was charged Thursday morning on drug counts after a Roanoke Rapids police officer noticed him reportedly texting while driving.

Chief Bobby Martin said Officer B. Council was patrolling in the area of Seventh and Jefferson streets shortly before 9:30 a.m. when he noticed a driver later identified as Waverly Lee, 29, approach while looking down, apparently texting.

Council stopped the vehicle at a parking lot near Manning Elementary School.

Officer M. Hunsucker and his dog, Dubai, arrived to assist.

The dog gave a positive alert to narcotics possibly stored in the vehicle.

A search resulted in cocaine, a firearm, paraphernalia and money being seized from the vehicle.

Lee was arrested and charged for manufacture, sell, deliver, a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school, possession of a gun on educational property, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon, and a texting violation while driving. 

Waverly was placed under a $20,000 bond pending a November 6 court date.