A Rose Hill teenager involved in a wreck in Clinton late last week has received felony drug offenses against him after police investigating the collision found the 19-year-old motorist in possession of marijuana packaged for sale as well as other illicit drugs.
Michael Turner, 19, of 709 Old Camp Road, Rose Hill, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and simple possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, a misdemeanor offense.
According to reports filed at the Clinton Police Department, a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer in which driver Dwayne Saunders and Turner were traveling in was involved in a wreck this past Thursday at the intersection of Lisbon and Still streets. A Clinton police officer was seated in his patrol car at the intersection when he witnessed the gold SUV being driven by Saunders turn onto Lisbon Street in front of a black truck, which struck the SUV, Police Chief Jay Tilley said.
There were no serious injuries in the accident and Saunders was ticketed for a minor traffic violation, Tilley noted.
However, as the officer was investigating the collision, he reportedly observed Turner walking away from the scene with an obvious “bulge” in his pants. When he walked past a nearby barber shop, Tilley said, the bulge disappeared. Officers went to the area and found a white plastic bag containing several drugs.
Police seized 16 little baggies of marijuana totaling 26 grams of the green leafy substance, as well as five Ecstasy pills and another three dosage units of blue pills identified as Barbiturates, which are sedative-hypnotics often called “downers.”
Turner was placed under $25,000 secured bond. Saunders was not charged in connection with the drug seizure, Tilley said.
Felony cocaine arrest
In a separate investigation. a Godwin-area man is facing felony cocaine charges after being served warrants in connection with a drug sting conducted by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office.
Rayshone Terrell Wortham, 40, of 2900 Autry Mill Road, Godwin, was charged with selling cocaine and delivering cocaine. Bond was set at $4,500. Wortham was served the charges earlier this month in connection with an undercover operation by the Sampson County Sheriff’s authorities.
Wortham’s arrest report was filed at the Sheriff’s Office Tuesday. Records show that Wortham was arrested on a charge of felony habitual impaired driving Nov. 6, just days before he was served the felony drug warrant.
According to the N.C. Department of Corrections, Wortham has a history of convictions in Harnett and Sampson counties that include driving while impaired (DWI), driving while license revoked, larceny, resisting officer and consuming a malt beverage in the passenger area of a vehicle. The most recent convictions stemmed from DWI offenses less than five months apart in 2006.
Chris Berendt can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 121 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.