A Roanoke Rapids man wanted on an outstanding federal warrant was arrested Tuesday by Halifax County Sheriff’s Office narcotic agents.
United States Magistrate Judge James E. Gates today issued an order of temporary detention until a March 5 detention hearing for Jermaine Lamont Hale, 32, is held in Raleigh at 10:30 a.m.
The three-count federal indictment against Hale dates back to crimes he allegedly committed in November of 2016, according a copy of the indictment filed in the court record.
According to state Department of Public Safety records, Hale has an end parole date for a count of possession of firearm by a convicted felon on August 4.
In a statement today, Captain A.M. Harris of the sheriff’s office said shortly before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, narcotics agents, state probation officers and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives met in Roanoke Rapids to locate Hale on his outstanding federal warrant.
Agents noticed a vehicle Hale was driving east on Highway 158 from Dickens Avenue.
Harris noticed the vehicle was occupied by two males and attempted to make a stop on Highway 158 near Carter Street. The driver refused to stop.
The chase ended at an apartment complex on Georgia Avenue where the male passenger jumped from the moving vehicle and ran towards an apartment.
The driver, Hale, was arrested for the outstanding warrant and was turned over to ATF Task Force Officers to be transported to Greenville.
The federal indictment, handed down in March of 2017 charges the following:
On or about November 10, 2016, the defendant having previously been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year, did knowingly possess a firearm and ammunition.
On or about November 10, 2016, Hale did knowingly and intentionally possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine.
On or about November 10, 2016, Hale did knowingly possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
The drug charges mentioned in the federal indictment refer to his arrest on Lincoln Street where agents of the former City County Drug Task Force seized 16 grams of crack cocaine, 17.6 grams of powdered cocaine, 29.2 grams of marijuana, nine Alprazolam pills, plastic bags, a handgun and currency.