License check nets drug arrest

W. Curt Vincent -

ELIZABETHTOWN — A joint-agency license checking stop on Tuesday led to the arrest of an Ash man who was charged with several drug violations. A large amount of money was also found inside the vehicle.

The license check was being conducted along N.C. 211 in Bladenboro by Bladen County sheriff’s deputies and Bladenboro police officers.

“As the vehicle … pulled up to the license check officers could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle,” said Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker. “At almost the same time Deputy Tremain Harvey saw (one of the men) throw a small plastic bag out of the vehicle. Deputy Harvey retrieved the bag and found it to contain powdered cocaine.”

The three men traveling in the vehicle were removed and one, Rayfeus Levell Miller, was found to be in possession of prescription Percocet and Zanax.

Miller, 28, was arrested and charged with trafficking opium (Percocet and cocaine), simple possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance (Zanax) and simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana).

“Officers also found and seized approximately $20,000 in U.S. currency (but) no one in the vehicle would claim the money,” McVicker added. “This is just another example of two agencies working together to get drugs and criminals off our streets. Bladenboro officers and my deputies routinely work together and I consider them to be a valuable ally in our quest to keep this county and our citizens safe.”

Miller is currently in the Bladen County Jail under a $105,000 secured bond.

W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.

W. Curt Vincent

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