Video leads to arrest, drug seizure

By Sherry Matthews

April 30, 2014

Surveillance footage from a Roseboro convenience store helped law enforcement officers identify a suspect who reports show was brandishing a weapon at the business earlier this week, leading to his eventual arrest on that and unrelated drug charges.

Quamaine Lamar Goodwin, 21, of 3580 Lisbon Bridge Road, Garland remained in the Sampson County Detention Center Wednesday afternoon, charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cocaine, all felonies. In addition, he faces misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith, the incident began when officers were called to the Sunoco in Roseboro Monday night in reference to a man brandishing a rifle.

When the officer arrived at the convenience store, the man had left the premises, but officers were able to secure and review store video footage which led them to suspect Goodwin.

Further investigation, Smith said, uncovered that Goodwin was on probation. “At that point we contacted probation officers who accompanied us Tuesday to his residence.”

Because Goodwin was on probation, officers were able to conduct a warrantless search of his Lisbon Bridge Road home, where assorted controlled substances were seized.

Discovered at his residence was 8.80 grams of crack cocaine, 2.2 grams of meth and 6.5 grams of marijuana.

Goodwin was taken to the Sampson County Detention Center where he was placed under a $145,000 bond. His first appearance in District Court is scheduled for Friday, May 2.

Smith credited the surveillance equipment for helping officers identify Goodwin.

“It’s a good tool to have,” Smith said.