Routine traffic stop leads to drug arrests
by W. Curt Vincent Editor
ELIZABETHTOWN — A traffic stop because of a broken taillight resulted in two arrests on drug charges.
According to Capt. Rodney Hester with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy on routine patrol observed a white Chevrolet truck on N.C. 20 with a rear light out.
“The truck was stopped and deputies detected the smell of marijuana,” Hester said. “A search of the vehicle revealed 19 bags of marijuana that was packaged for sale along with a set of digital scales.”
Hester said that deputies also found 14 pink tablets in one of the passengers in the vehicle, and the deputies were told the pills were Percocets.
“A further search revealed currency in the other passenger’s pockets …,” Hester said. “There were seven $20 bills and one $10 bill that was determined to be counterfeit.”
— Oliver Arrendondo, 22, of Fayetteville. He was charged with trafficking opium/heroin, possession with intent to sell/deliver a Schedule VI controlled substance, manufacturing marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He remains in the Bladen County Jail under a $20,500 secured bond.
— Joshua Watkins, 22, of Fayetteville. He was charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver a Schedule VI controlled substance, manufacturing marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He posted a secured bond of $8,000 and was released.
Hester said the Secret Service has been notified about the counterfeit money found.
Bladen County Sheriff’s Office
The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office released its victim and arrest report for Au. 21 through Aug. 28, which showed a total of 76 victims of crime and 19 arrests.
Among the victims of reported crime, there were 11 for larceny, 10 for breaking and/or entering, six for physical and/or verbal assault and two for cruelty to animals.
The more interesting and/or important arrests were:
— David Arellano Cruz, 23, charged with assault on a female at 3105 Burney Road in White Oak on Aug. 23.
— Dwayne Vernon Gentry, 53, charged with felony counterfeit of a trademark at 201 E. King St. in Elizabethtown on Aug. 23.
— Carlos Eugene McKeller, charged with simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance at 15855 N.C. 87 Hwy. West in Tar Heel on Aug. 23.
— Patrick Dwight Edmonds, 22, charged with communicating threats at 5629 Mercer Mill/Brown Marsh roads in Clarkton on Aug. 24.
— Holly AnnMarie Harrelson, 22, charged with felony financial card fraud at 2564 U.S. 701 North in Elizabethtown on Aug. 25.
— Dommoneat Donyea Roberson, 34, charged with assault on a female at 63 Vance Lane in White Oak on Aug. 27.
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