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The Roanoke Rapids Police Department reported the following, according to Chief Bobby Martin:

Tuesday shortly before 10:30 p.m. Officer J. Melvin conducted a traffic stop in the 300 block of Marshall Street.

He noted the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Melvin got information on the driver, identified as Leo Fleming, 44, of Roanoke Rapids, as narcotics Sergeant M. Worrell and Agent C. Batchelor arrived to assist.

Batchelor deployed his dog Rudy to check the vehicle. The canine indicated there was the possibility of narcotics in the vehicle.

Inside the vehicle officers found 1.5 grams of marijuana, a Taurus 9mm handgun, 12 rounds of 9mm ammo and a scale.

They also located 4.2 grams of what appeared to be crack cocaine in Fleming’s crotch area.

Fleming was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II, maintain a dwelling for a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of schedule II, and possession of schedule VI.

He received a $5,000 bond and July 8 court date.

“The Roanoke Rapids Police Department will continue to work to locate and arrest anyone that is selling drugs in the city limits,” Martin said.

On June 15 around 4:15 p.m. Captain Jamie Hardy received information about someone attempting to pass a fraudulent prescription at Spears Pharmacy.

Hardy encountered a man and spoke with him about the prescription he attempted to pass. Hardy was familiar with the prescribing physician and was also aware of the number of fraudulent prescriptions given to people over the last several months.

The man, in an attempt to obtain promethazine with codeine, an ingredient in the street drink lean, had given the pharmacy a fake name and the name on the prescription was also fake.

In the gallery from left: Koukis and Villata

During the investigation Hardy encountered another man who was also in possession of two bogus prescriptions.

The men — Amir Villata and Evangelos Koukis, both of the Fairfax, Virginia, area — were arrested and charged for attempting to obtain property by false pretense, uttering and forgery, and resisting, delaying and obstructing.

Villata received a $30,000 bond and Koukis a $50,000 bond.

They have August 25 court dates.

Martin said the men were passing through the area. He declined to comment on whether the men were attempting to sell the sham prescriptions.  

The public is encouraged to report suspected drug activity by calling Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444 or the police department at 252-533-2810.