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A Roanoke Rapids man wanted by the Halifax Regional Drug and Gang Task Force for cocaine trafficking is in custody and is awaiting proceedings in his case, according to federal court records.

A hearing for revocation of supervised release for 38-year-old Alston Lamont Parker is set in Wilmington for the April 9 term of court before Chief Judge Richard E. Myers II.

On Tuesday Parker was on the docket call for preliminary and detention hearings in Raleigh before Magistrate Judge Brian S. Meyers.

According to a minute entry of the proceedings, however, the court advised parties that it became aware of a conflict in the case and related cases and on its own motion moved to continue the matters to Thursday before Magistrate Judge James E. Gates.

Halifax County Sheriff Tyree Davis confirmed that Parker was picked up by federal authorities soon after the task force executed a search warrant and filed charges against him.

Federal court records show that a warrant for Parker’s arrest was received on March 8 and was executed by the United States Marshals Service on March 11.

A motion by the United States Probation Office notes the search warrant and charges filed by the task force on March 5.

The motion also notes that Parker tested positive for marijuana and cocaine on November 7, 2019 and on November 14, 2019 tested positive for marijuana, cocaine and oxycodone.

On February 13, 2020 he tested positive for marijuana as well as on May 20, 2021.

On March 5 search warrants were executed by the task force on Zoo Road South and New Hope Street.

Roanoke Rapids police Chief Shane Guyant said at the time the search warrant on Zoo Road, was based on what he described as copious hours of investigation and information from the public.

That search warrant yielded approximately 770 grams of cocaine, approximately 3.5 pounds of marijuana, 147 Oxycodone pills, a firearm, and approximately $12,999 in cash. 

The New Hope Street search warrant yielded $11,851 in cash and a 2007 Lexus GS350 registered to Parker. The cash and vehicle were seized.

On the local level Parker is scheduled for an April 5 district court for the charge of possession of a weapon by a felon as well as the drug charges.

On March 25 he has a district court for failure to wear a seat belt.