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More counts have been lodged against a Roanoke Rapids man charged in a June overdose death — this time from the Gaston Police Department.


Katoe Wardell Harris Jr. faces charges of resist, obstruct and delay; fictitious information to a law enforcement officer; possession of marijuana less than a half ounce; possession of marijuana paraphernalia; and no operators license.

Gaston Officer Evan Sokolove charged Harris on outstanding warrants from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office for larceny of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm, Chief C.L. Dixon said.

Dixon said in a statement Harris was arrested and charged shortly after 2:30 Saturday morning when Sokolove conducted a traffic stop on Highway 48 at School Street.

Harris initially gave the officer a false name. Sokolve could reportedly smell marijuana coming from the vehicle. Marijuana was located following a probable cause search.

A records check and positive indication of the vehicle’s driver revealed him to be Harris.

Harris was then placed under arrest on the outstanding warrants and issued a state citation for the counts related to the stop by Sokolove.

Harris was initially held without opportunity for bond on the Halifax County charges due to prior judicial action and received a March 16 court date in Northampton County.

He subsequently had his bond reduced by a magistrate to $15,000 secured for the Halifax County felony warrants.

Sokolove was assisted by Northampton County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

In recent weeks Harris was charged by the Halifax County Sheriff’s with domestic assault and narcotics agents plan to lodge charges against him after drugs were found during investigation of the domestic.

In December Harris and Nyati Garner were charged by the Roanoke Rapids Police Department as a result of the overdose death of an Enfield man in June.

An autopsy performed on 25-year-old Rakueem Edmonds confirmed he died of a drug overdose while staying at the Brookwood Motel on June 26.

On that date Edmonds was found unresponsive in a room of the motel and investigation showed the cause of death was from drug-related complications.

The investigation by Roanoke Rapids Detective Sergeant G.L. Williams established probable cause to obtain warrants on Harris Jr. as well as Garner.