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A Roanoke Rapids man was charged this morning after police said he threw cocaine out of the window of a vehicle in which he was a passenger.

The man, Elijah Couch, 27, was also served an outstanding warrant. He has numerous court dates scheduled in both district and superior courts of Halifax County, according to the state court calendar.


Roanoke Rapids police Chief Bobby Martin said around 12:30 a.m. Officer T. Acree was patrolling the area of Roanoke Avenue and Hinson Street when he noticed a vehicle with a violation approaching him.

Acree talked with the driver and the man later identified as Couch, who the officer remembered had an outstanding warrant he thought to be unserved.

The warrant was verified and Couch was taken into custody for the outstanding warrant. 

Acree discovered the object thrown was consistent with cocaine after Sergeant J. Horne and Officer S. Langley arrived to assist. Martin said about 1.50 grams were located. 

The vehicle was checked and a set of digital scales was located along with a holster, and ammunition, but no weapon.

Couch was charged with possession of schedule II and served the outstanding warrant.

He received a $2,000 secured bond for the cocaine count and a $500 bond for the outstanding warrant.

He has a November 19 court date.

The other occupants in the vehicle were released with no pending charges.

 Lieutenant A Salmon assisted.