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HCSO roundup: Narcotics arrests; blotter entries

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The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:

Narcotics division

Captain A.M. Harris reported on Tuesday shortly before 11:30 p.m., Agent D.J. Epperson conducted a traffic stop for a motor vehicle violation on Julian R. Allsbrook Highway near Cardinal Drive.

The driver was identified as Albert Lee Simmons Jr., 28, of Roanoke Rapids.  

During the search, agents located a user amount of cocaine in Simmons’ probation paperwork in the center console.

Epperson arrested and charged Simmons for felony possession of cocaine, maintaining a dwelling/vehicle for a controlled substance and window tint violation.  

He received an August 18 court date.

Agent D.W. McKeel, Sergeant D. Newsome and Corporal A. Cash assisted.

Simmons was placed on probation last August for 18 months for misdemeanor simple assault/affray in Halifax County.  

He was ordered not to possess or use controlled substances and is subject to drug screenings.


On Tuesday shortly before 6:30 p.m., McKeel noticed a suspicious man in the parking lot of Zaxby’s.

The man was identified as Cornelius Strong Jr., 41, of Roanoke Rapids.

McKeel noticed marijuana and cigar wraps in plain view inside Strong’s vehicle.  

McKeel seized marijuana, cigar wraps and a glass container.

Strong was cited with a North Carolina Uniform Citation for possessing marijuana up to one-half ounce and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.  

He received an August 27 court date.


On July 6 shortly after 8:30 p.m., Harris was following up on a drug complaint in the Enfield community.  

Harris stopped a vehicle for a speeding violation in the area of McDaniel and Bell streets.

Harris identified all individuals inside the vehicle and could smell the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside.  

Harris requested assistance and Corporal P. Moyer and Officer Jerry Shoemaker of the Enfield Police Department arrived to assist.

During the search, approximately 26 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a collapsible rifle was seized.

Harris cited Rockell Wilkins, 18, of Enfield, with a North Carolina Uniform Citation for possessing one-half ounce but less than one and one-half ounces of marijuana.  

Wilkins received an August 22 court date.

Citizens are encouraged to report any suspected drug activity by calling the sheriff’s office narcotics division at 252 535-1257, Halifax County Crimestoppers at 252 583-4444 or log on to to submit a tip.


Other arrests

Chief Deputy Scott Hall reported the following:

On July 7 around 12:15 a.m., Deputy Casey Sherrod stopped a vehicle on Ferguson Street in Littleton for a motor vehicle violation.

The driver was identified as Alonza High, 46, of Roanoke Rapids.  

After a positive alert was given by canine Fino, a search led to the discovery of a clear plastic bag containing cocaine, as well as two smoking pipes. High was arrested by Deputy Sherrod and charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of paraphernalia, and resist, delay and obstruct.

High received a July 18 court date and a $2,500 bond.

The Littleton Police Department assisted with the traffic stop.


On June 28 a breaking and entering was reported in the Darlington area.

Detective Matt Brown began an investigation and found James Thomas Livingston, 24, from Warren County, broke into the residence and stole a firearm.

Brown charged Livingston with felony breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm and possession of a firearm by convicted felon.

Livingston was arrested on July 3 at Halifax Regional Medical Center.

Livingston received a $10,000 secured bond and August 1 court date.

The stolen property has not been recovered.

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