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I-95 stop results in cocaine trafficking counts

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A stop for speeding on Interstate 95 late Friday night and a subsequent search at the Halifax County Detention Center led to cocaine trafficking and marijuana charges against a husband and wife.

The cocaine trafficking charges were lodged following a search at the jail.

The arrests of the Rocky Mount residents — Anthony High, 39, and Darlena High, 49 — were the result of a stop by Halifax County Sheriff’s Office Deputy W.H. Wheeler, Captain A.M. Harris said in a statement.

The stop occurred shortly after 10:45 p.m. in the southbound lane of I-95 near the 159 mile marker.

During the search of the vehicle, with assistance from Roanoke Rapids Officer Hannah Grimes, her dog Jimi and Harris, a loaded Taurus handgun and 24.2 grams of marijuana were seized. The marijuana was wrapped in seven bags.

Wheeler arrested and charged Mr. High for possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of firearm by felon.  

Mrs. High was arrested and charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance.

At the jail, deputies requested an in-depth search of Mrs. High.

With assistance of Lieutenant Teri Kimball, deputies seized 200 grams of cocaine and additional charges were obtained for trafficking in cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, conspire to trafficking cocaine and possess a controlled substance at a prison/jail premise for Mrs. High.

Mr. High was additionally charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and conspire to trafficking cocaine.

The 2005 Dodge Durango, along with an undisclosed amount of currency, was seized.

Mrs. High received a $55,000 bond and her husband received a $100,000 bond.

Both have December 6 court dates.

Harris said the street value of the cocaine is approximately $12,000.

North Carolina Department of Public Safety indicates Mr. High was convicted in Edgecombe County Superior Court in 1997 for second-degree murder and after serving 19 years was released last April.

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