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A Garysburg man indicted as a felon in possession of a weapon was denied pretrial release today by a United States magistrate judge.

Magistrate Judge Kimberly A. Swank in Greenville remanded Dameon Rocky Turner to the custody of the attorney general’s office for confinement in a corrections facility.

Swank cited as reasons for denying the 35-year-old release his prior criminal history; participation in criminal activity while on supervision or release; lack of a suitable release plan; evidence of flight; nature and circumstances of the offenses; pending unrelated charges or outstanding warrants; and noncompliance with prior supervision.

She also noted there was evidence of drug trafficking activity and the presence of an aggressive or dangerous dog on his property.

Further information on his next court appearance was not included in the court documents reviewed.

The federal charge against Turner was based on an investigation by the Down East Drug Task Force and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

During the search of his residence in February, agents located approximately 490 grams of marijuana and a Draco-style AK-47.

Turner was arrested last week by the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division with assistance from the Garysburg Police Department and the SBI.

The agents and officers went to the 200 block of Truman Street in Garysburg to locate Turner. As they approached the residence, the agents observed Turner running away. He was caught after a brief chase and transported to the Edgecombe County Detention Center. 

Last Thursday he was turned over to federal marshals for his initial court appearance in before Swank.