Drug charges leveled after separate stops

By Chris Berendt - [email protected]
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Two people were arrested on drug charges during separate stops recently on major roadways in Sampson County. Both were taken into custody by the Sheriff’s Criminal Interdiction Team following routine traffic offenses, authorities said.

The most recent arrest came on Saturday afternoon when the Criminal Interdiction Team attempted to stop a 2006 Dodge Charger for speeding on N.C. 24. The vehicle, later found to be driven by Damian Wade Pittman, 29, of 78 Old Brick Mill Road, Roseboro, failed to yield for a short distance and finally stopped at the suspect’s Old Brick Mill Road residence, where he attempted to flee on foot, sheriff’s officials said.

Pittman was taken into custody and reportedly found in possession of 1.5 grams of crack cocaine and 7.3 grams of marijuana.

He was charged with possession of cocaine, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond.

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Pittman was convicted in 2006 of robbery with a dangerous weapon and second degree kidnapping of a minor in Sampson. He served five years in prison, at which point he was released, however his probation was revoked and he was remanded back to prison for another seven months. His parole ended in August 2016, court records show.

Prior to that conviction and subsequent stint in prison, he was convicted in Sampson of speeding in an attempt to elude arrest and larceny of dogs. He received suspended sentences in those cases in 2005, but had his probation revoked on that occasion as well, serving two months in prison as a result, according to court records.

In the other arrest, Anne Elizabeth Tarrants, 36, of 4203 Patrick Ave., Wilmington, was charged with possession of heroin, felony possession of marijuana, simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Her arrest came on Friday after the Criminal Interdiction Team stopped the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe she was driving in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40. The stop was made near the 360 mile marker in the Faison area, reportedly for a traffic violation.

During the encounter, probable cause was established to search the vehicle, sheriff’s officials said. During the search, deputies located 1 gram of heroin and 50 grams of marijuana, according to reports.

Tarrants was placed under $25,000 secured bond for the offenses.


Roseboro felon among suspects

By Chris Berendt

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