Two separate traffic stops have put two Sampson County men behind bars after being stopped for minor traffic violations this week.
Damian Wade Pittman, 24, of 78 Old Brick Road, Roseboro, was stopped on East Jackson St., in Roseboro, around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon after a deputy pulled his vehicle over for a minor lane infraction.
The deputy not only found drugs in the vehicle, but also a .22-caliber rifle.
Pittman was charged with two counts of selling marijuana; two counts of delivering marijuana; two counts of maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance; and possession of a firearm by a felon.
According to the N.C. Department of Corrections, Pittman has a history of convictions dating back to February 2005. Those convictions include larceny of dogs (February 2005); speeding to elude arrest (June 2005); robbery with a dangerous weapons; and second degree kidnapping of a minor (both from November 2005).
Pittman was placed uner a $35,000 bond and a trial date of Sept. 14 was set.
On Thursday, another traffic stop turned up drugs and landed a man wanted for offenses dating back to 2011 in jail.
According to Sampson County sheriff’s reports, a deputy pulled a vehicle over for a traffic infraction around 2:35 p.m. on U.S. 421 North, near Stone Henge Drive.
When the deputies got near the driver’s side door, they immediately smelled the aroma of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, Robert Richard Johnson, 28, of 4740 Bearskin Road, Clinton, admitted to smoking marijuana, reports note.
A search of the vehicle revealed a glass jar full of marijuana (13.96 grams); Johnson was immediately taken into custody and charged.
Further investigation showed that Johnson was wanted on three outstanding order for arrests (OFA) for driving without a license; common law robbery, from a warrant issued on Oct. 11, 2011; and child support, a warrant also from 2011.
The suspect was also charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was taken to the Sampson County Detention Center, given a $7,000 secured bond and made his first appearance in court on Friday.
Johnson also has a history of convictions, according to the N.C. Department of Corrections. Those convictions include possession of stolen goods (November 2001) and larceny and felony breaking and entering (October 2003).
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