A nine-month investigation into fentanyl sales resulted in the arrest today of a Roanoke Rapids man on trafficking charges.
Roanoke Rapids police Chief Bobby Martin said the arrest of Zabriel “Reese” Johnson this morning resulted in the seizure of 92 grams of fentanyl, approximately $5,000 in currency, an undisclosed make of vehicle used to deliver fentanyl, a loaded Glock 40-caliber handgun with an extended magazine, marijuana and numerous items of paraphernalia.
Martin declined to say what make of vehicle was seized following the execution of a search warrant in the Southgate Drive area shortly before 7:45 this morning.
In the statement Martin said Johnson has been a person of interest in an ongoing investigation for the past nine months.
He said narcotics agents, detectives and members of D and A squads executed the search warrant, which was based on ongoing narcotics sales.
Agent B. Council conducted the investigation.
Johnson faces charges of level 3 fentanyl trafficking, possession with intent to sell and distribute fentanyl, felony maintaining a dwelling/vehicle/place for controlled substances, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Johnson was released on $50,000 bond and has a November 4 court date.
“The Roanoke Rapids Police Department maintains a close working relationship with federal agencies who will be contacted in reference to the federal adoption of Zabriel Johnson's fentanyl trafficking case,” Martin said in the statement. “This was excellent work by our officers in regards to getting guns and drugs off the streets. We will continue working on the drug trade within the city of Roanoke Rapids.”