Tuesday, 17 July 2018 14:47

Man with numerous pending charges arrested for heroin trafficking

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A man who the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division says has 27 pending charges was arrested today for heroin trafficking as well as counts associated with marijuana possession.


Desmond King had last been arrested by the Roanoke Rapids Police Department on June 18 for possession of fentanyl and was jailed on $60,000 bond ahead of an August 1 court date.

He was a passenger in a car which was stopped by Officer A. Green. The driver fled after stopping for the officer on Gordon Drive.

Narcotics Captain A.M. Harris said shortly before noon today he conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of a hotel and the 23-year-old King was identified as the driver.

Harris noticed a container of marijuana inside the vehicle.

During the search with assistance of agents D.J. Epperson, D.R. Radford and D.W. McKeel, more than 6 grams of heroin was seized along with marijuana and items of drug paraphernalia.

Harris said the threshold for a heroin trafficking count is 4 grams.

The captain described King as a reputed mid-level heroin dealer in the Roanoke Rapids area.

King was arrested and charged with trafficking heroin by transport, trafficking heroin by possession, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.

He received a $100,000 cash bond with an August 22 court date.

King has 27 charges pending charges in Halifax County District Court which are related to heroin, cocaine, marijuana and traffic-related offenses.

Some cases are set for court on Wednesday and August 15.

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