An ongoing investigation into the sell of prescription drugs has landed a 48-year-old Clinton woman in jail on myriad drug charges and brought about the seizure of over 40 dosage units of acetaminophen and oxycodone.
Brenda Kaye Simpson of 60 Drox Lane was taken into custody by Special Investigation Division agents Monday night and charged with 21 felony offenses ranging from possession with intent to sell and deliver Schedule II controlled substances and dispensing medications without a license to trafficking in opiates by sell, transport and deliver.
According to Sampson County Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith, there was enough evidence established during the probe to obtain warrants and bring the charges against Simpson.
Simpson was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under a $50,000 bond. She remained in jail Tuesday morning, and is scheduled to make her first appearance in court Friday.
Traffic stop nets arrest
A 41-year-old Sampson County man is facing multiple offenses following a traffic stop in the Roseboro community late last week.
According to Sampson Sheriff’s reports, Ryan Laverne Barnhill, 12964 NC Hwy. 220 South, Roseboro, was charged with felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Smith said officers with the Criminal Interdiction Team were patrolling the Roseboro community when they observed Barnhill commit a traffic violation. During the stop, a probable cause search was conducted on his vehicle, uncovering a concealed firearm and .9 grams of cocaine.
“As a result, the suspect was taken into custody and charged,” Smith said.
Because Barnhill was a convicted felon, Smith noted, he was charged with the firearms offense.
Barnhill was placed in the Detention Center under a $20,000 bond and is scheduled to make his first appearance in Sampson District Court Friday.
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