The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

October 11, 2012

Residence searches lead to multiple drug arrests

CORRESPONDENT
Van Holland

TARBORO — After getting a tip that a person was selling drugs from a residence at 110 N. Fairview Circle, Tarboro Police Department narcotics officer Rick Mann had it under surveillance on Friday — search warrant in-hand.

As Mann and other officers were watching, they saw 47-year old Connie Denise Watson, 307 Shirley St., Tarboro, go into the residence and exit after a short time. As officers approached Watson, they saw her drop a white substance on the ground. The substance, identified as crack cocaine, resulted in Watson's being charged with felony possession of cocaine. She was placed in the Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $1,000 secured bond.

After making the arrest, Mann and the other officers executed the search warrant on the residence, which was being rented by 39-year old Juan Sanchez Hyman.

While officers were searching the residence, they found a locked safe owned by Hyman. After opening it, they found U.S. currency and crack cocaine inside. Officers also found additional crack cocaine and more currency in a coat as well as  under a mattress in a bedroom. Officers also found a spoon that had a liquid substance on it that appeared to have been cooked as they searched the garage area of the residence.

During the search, Patrolman Ryan Jordan, who was outside the residence, observed Hyman drive by and pull into a driveway down the street. Jordan approached the vehicle and discovered Hyman had walked behind the residence where he had parked. Jordan arrested Hyman, searched the vehicle and found more crack cocaine and a small amount of marijuana. In all, officers seized more than four grams of crack cocaine and more than $800 in U.S. currency.

Hyman was charged with five felonies and four misdemeanors, including possession with the intent to sell and deliver crack cocaine, felony possession of crack cocaine, maintain a dwelling place to store controlled substances, maintain a vehicle to store controlled substances, possession of marijuana up to one and half ounces, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked and fictitious registration plate. Hyman was also charged with being a habitual felon and was placed in the Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $315,000 secured bond.

Also arrested was 26-year old Erika Olivia Little, 213 Speight Ave., Tarboro, who was charged with felony possession of cocaine, maintaing a dwelling place to store controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was jailed under a $5,000 secured bond, while 22-year old Kelvin Earl Pitt, 300 Ridgewood Road, Rocky Mount, was charged with resisting a public officer.

In a separate incident early Sunday, officers received a call about loud music in United Manor Court on Elm Street. When officers arrived they saw 31-year old Trevor Demorn Myrick, 601 E. Phillips St., Tarboro, taking apart a set of digital scales. Officers charged Myrick with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers then searched the residence and found 30-year old Clavin Lamont Battle, 507 E. Church St., Tarboro. Battle, who had been warned to stay away from the complex, was charged with second-degree trespassing.

During the search, officers found a weapon inside of a backpack along with some additional drug paraphernalia. According to officers, 34-year old Bernard Eugene Phillips, 1002 Edmondson Ave., Tarboro admitted the weapon was his. With officers knowing he was a convicted felon, he was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a weapon of mass destruction and possession of a firearm with altered serial number. He was jailed under a $2,000 secured bond.