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Man faces pill trafficking counts; agents arrest two at Canterbury Ct.

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A Wright Road community man faces pill trafficking charges after reportedly selling to a confidential source and agents finding differing types of pain medication inside his residence following a search.

Agents of the City County Drug Task Force also arrested two people following an unrelated investigation today.

Wright Road


Captain A.M. Harris said Joseph Robert Liles, 46, was charged following an investigation which determined he was reportedly selling Hydrocodone pills in different areas of Halifax County.

Initial charges reflect Liles sold 20 pills to the source in the 5000 block of Wright Road Thursday.

Today, shortly before 12:45 p.m., agents and the Halifax County Gang Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence. There is no evidence to suggest Liles has gang ties.

Halifax County Animal Control assisted by holding dogs back as the search warrant was executed at the front door, Harris said.

Inside agents seized approximately 81 dosage units of Hydrocodone and 273 dosage units of Oxycodone.  Agents also seized evidence of a marijuana grow operation.

Harris had already obtained warrants on Liles for selling to the source. Additional warrants were obtained following the execution of the search warrant today.

Harris said five different types of Oxycodone were found inside the residence. That discovery accounts for five counts of trafficking opium being lodged against him today. He was also charged with maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

On Thursday Harris obtained warrants for his arrest on trafficking in opium; sell schedule II controlled substance; deliver schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

Liles surrendered to task force agents at the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office today. He was served with the warrants and received a $100,000 bond and August 16 court date.

Harris said the case remains under investigation and the SBI’s Diversion and and Environmental Crimes Unit has been contacted.


Canterbury Court


Meanwhile Harris said around 3 p.m. today, the drug task force and gang task force along with the patrol division of the sheriff’s office, executed a search warrant at Canterbury Court off West Tenth Street in the Roanoke Rapids area.

Harris conducted the four-week investigation after receiving several complaints about possible drug traffic in the area.  

Physical surveillance by agents led to the search warrant.

With assistance of Corporal D. Newsome and his dog, Duri, of the sheriff’s office, approximately 4.9 grams of cocaine and marijuana was seized.  

Agents also seized four handguns from the residence and several items of drug paraphernalia.

Harris said the guns did not come back as stolen but agents still plan a check with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The boyfriend and girlfriend arrested have no gang ties, he said.

Harris charged Andre Duckett, 46, for possession of a firearm by felon, possess with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

His girlfriend, Teresa Stansbury, 35, was charged for possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

Duckett received  a $100,000 bond and Stansbury received a $2,500 bond.

Harris said Duckett’s bond was most likely set higher because of his past criminal record.

Both have August 16 court dates.

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