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A Roanoke Rapids man who was getting out his ID during a traffic stop in Weldon Saturday also reportedly pulled out a plastic bag containing crack cocaine which led to charges against him.

Weldon police Chief Christopher Davis said in a statement Sergeant L. Melton and Officer M. DiPietro were responding to a domestic call around 11:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Willow Drive when they noticed an SUV leave the area at a high rate of speed. The driver of the vehicle, who was later cited, ran a stop sign.

Melton pursued the vehicle and stopped it at the intersection of Eighth and Sycamore streets.

The sergeant observed a plastic bag coming out of the passenger’s pocket as he was searching for his ID.


The passenger was identified as Joshua Lamont Bowser, 40, while the driver was identified as Jewel Sykes, 35, of Weldon.

During the encounter with Bowser, a bag containing marijuana and a dollar bill containing cocaine was also seized.

Bowser was taken before a magistrate and was charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.

He received a $5,000 unsecured bond and April 22 court date.

Sykes was cited for failing to stop at a duly erected stop sign.