Union student arrested on drug charges

By Chris Berendt - cberendt@civitasmedia.com




UNION DISTRICT — A teenager at Union High School was arrested on drug charges after school officials received reports of narcotics and a possible weapon on campus.

Jordan Gigantana, 17, of 3621 Herring Road, Rose Hill, was arrested Friday and charged with possession with intent manufacture, sell and deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance and simple possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance.

According to reports from Sampson County Sheriff’s officials, a school administrator contacted Union High’s school resource officer (SRO) to report the discovery of narcotics and a weapon on school campus.

“The school had received information about the possibility on campus and investigated. During their investigations, they discovered the narcotics and weapon and immediately contacted the SRO,” Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith noted. It was discovered the weapon was a BB gun, but was “very realistic,” according to reports by the officer. The gun was found in Gigantana’s vehicle, according to reports.

In all, 11 dosage units of controlled prescription medication was discovered, said to be “packaged” for sale. Pills seized included eight Alprazolam (generic Xanax), two Tramadol (pain medicine) and a Xanax.

Gigantana was arrested at school, located at 1189 Kader Merritt Road, Rose Hill, and placed under $30,000 secured bond.

Traffic stop

In a separate drug investigation, two women were arrested on methamphetamine charges following a traffic stop in Roseboro.

Jennifer Eileen Torres, 31, and April Wrench Mullins, 39, both of 12862 Dunn Road, Godwin, were charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a precursor chemical, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of open container of alcohol in a passenger area.

Torres was driving the vehicle, which was stopped shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday on West Pleasant Street, Roseboro, due to a registration violation, according to agents with the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division, which conducted the stop. Mullins was a passenger in the vehicle.

“A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted and yielded meth,” Smith said. Approximately 0.7 grams of meth was seized, reports state.

Both were charged in connection with the seizure. It was discovered that Torres also had an outstanding warrant for a drug-related offense, which was served. She was charged with possession of pseudoephedrine with a prior methamphetamine conviction and failure to appear on that same charge.

Torres was placed under $35,000 secured bond. Mullins’ bond was set at $30,000.

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By Chris Berendt






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