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HCSO roundup: Drug arrests

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The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office narcotics division reported the following, according to Captain A.M. Harris:

On Thursday shortly after 2:45 p.m., Harris followed up on a drug complaint in the area of Zoo Road and Highway 158 about drug use and transactions taking place in the area.

Harris encountered two men in a vehicle reportedly attempting to shoot up cocaine in a parking lot.  

Harris requested assistance due to the driver swallowing a substance in a lottery ticket.

Corporal R. Chin arrived to assist.

The driver was identified as Christopher Sanders, 40, of Roanoke Rapids.  

Sanders was in possession of cocaine in a blue plastic top, several opened syringes, a spoon and a silver container which contained the ends of cotton swabs and several straws with white residue in his lap.

The passenger was identified as Bryan Lee Herring, 37, also of Roanoke Rapids.  

Herring had two opened syringes which contained a clear liquid substance, a spoon, container with cotton swab ends, a silver container with razor blades and straws with white powder residue.

The white powder substance and the other items with white residue tested positive for the presence of cocaine.

Sanders was arrested and charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting a public officer.  

Sanders received an August 15 court date.  

Herring was cited with a North Carolina Uniform Citation for possession of drug paraphernalia and received an August 22 court date.

Agents of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office narcotics division will continue to follow up on this complaint.


On Thursday shortly before 7:30 p.m., Harris was following up on a complaint at a local hotel near Interstate 95.  

Harris encountered a vehicle in the parking area and could smell the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside.  

The two occupants of the vehicle handed over the marijuana to Harris. Approximately 14.5 grams of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia was seized.

Harris cited Joseph Allen Palmer, 24, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with a North Carolina Uniform Citation for possessing one-half ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

Jonathan Earl Chavis, 35, of Pembroke, was cited for possessing one-half ounce or less of marijuana and both men received August 22 court dates.

Agents D.W. McKeel, D.R. Radford and D.J. Epperson assisted.

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

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