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A man who got credit for time served in a 2014 armed robbery and has court dates on nearly 30 pending charges was arrested and charged Monday afternoon on counts tied to fentanyl trafficking.

King Desmond

Desmond Nyquan King, 24, has court dates pending in Halifax County through December. He has a court appearance today which includes charges related to heroin trafficking.

Roanoke Rapids police Chief Chuck Hasty said in a statement on Monday at approximately 2:30 p.m., Investigator J. Hardy and Officer J. DeSare where following up on a drug complaint on Taft Street.  

When the officers approached King he fled the area with a bag of white powder.  

After a short chase King was taken into custody and was found in possession of narcotics.

King was arrested and charged with trafficking fentanyl, possession with intent to sell/deliver schedule I, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting/delaying/obstructing an officer.   

Approximately 4 ounces of drugs were seized, Captain Bobby Martin said.

Hasty said this morning the police department is looking at talking with federal authorities about possible adoption and whether King meets federal qualifiers.

In August of last year he was convicted of soliciting robbery with a dangerous weapon and received an active term of 10 to 21 months, according to court records. He was given credit for 794 days of time served while waiting for his court date in the 2014 heist of Blue Flame in Weldon.

He had been arrested in June by Roanoke Rapids police for possession with intent to sell and deliver fentanyl and in February by the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office for trafficking heroin.

For the arrest Monday he received a $1 million bond and December 5  court date.

Lieutenant  J. Baggett and Officer H. Marshall assisted.